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MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT 

In recent years, Massage Envy has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual assault of its female clientele. According to media reports, hundreds of clients — almost predominantly women — throughout the country have come forward reporting that they were sexually assaulted by massage therapists. Most recently, Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County on behalf of an adult female client alleging that she was sexually assaulted in April 2018 by her massage therapist Juan Parra at the Massage Envy franchise in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

The lawsuit alleges that during a massage appointment on April 2018, massage therapist Juan Pablo Parra made unsolicited sexual contact with his female client.  The Plaintiff claims that in the final minutes of the massage, the massage therapist placed both of his hands directly on her breasts and began massaging and grabbing them. He then began moaning and moving his hands down toward her vagina according to the Complaint.The lawsuit further alleges he put his hands directly on her genital area. State records show Jaun Parra’s license as a massage therapist expired in August 2019. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Massage Envy located at 11021 Southern Boulevard, Suite 100, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 3341.  Notably, Parra has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by a total of three Massage Envy clients.

Horowitz Law has filed dozens of sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

 

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SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MASSAGE ENVY IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court against the the downtown Hollywood, Florida franchise of Massage Envy arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Aitor Aizpurua at Massage Envy on July 14, 2018.  This Massage Envy franchise is located at 1640 Sheridan Street in Hollywood, Florida.

According to the client, she removed her clothing and covered herself with draping before her massage therapist came into the room.   The Complaint states that the therapist recommended a “Thai massage” to relieve tightness.  Moments later, she says he got on top of her.  The client stated, “I feel his body weight go forward on me, on my back. And then I feel his breathing, kind of like over my neck area. I feel him, just basically getting an erection over my tailbone. When I felt him get the erection, I knew something was wrong.”  The client was frightened at what would happen next but managed to escape from the therapist and quickly end the appointment.

The Florida Department of Health previously issued an Emergency Order on November 29, 2018 restricting the massage therapy license of Aitor Aizpurua.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to this same woman’s sexual misconduct claim.  He has been licensed as a Massage Therapist in Florida since 2017 according to the Department of Health website.

All massage therapist in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any Massage Envy location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

Hollywood Massage Therapist’s License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Aitor Aizpurua of Massage Envy in downtown Hollywood, Florida.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to a female client’s sexual misconduct claim.  Aizpurua is accused of committing sexual misconduct at the Hollywood Massage Envy during an appointment on July 14, 2018.  He has been licensed as a Massage Therapist in Florida since 2017 according to the Department of Health website.

According to the Order, a female patient presented to Massage Envy with upper body pain. The patient
provided written consent for her upper body to be massaged, but did not consent for her lower body to be massaged.  Mr. Aizpurua was assigned to perform a massage on the patient.  During the session, Mr. Aizpurua complimented the patient’s physical appearance and her skin.  Mr. Aizpurua told the patient that he was going to try some “Thai message”’. techniques on her to assist with her pain.  Such techniques were not offered by Massage Envy, nor considered acceptable for its employees to perform.  While the patient was lying face down on the message table, Mr. Aizpurua climbed up on the table and positioned his body on top of hers.  While performing the “Thai massage” techniques, Mr. Aizpurua pressed his penis against the patient’s back and it became erect.  The patient felt Mr. Aizpurua’s erection pressing against her back.  Mr. Aizpurua continued to perform the “Thai massage” techniques on the patient after his penis became erect, and did not disengage from the massage or leave the room.  The patient felt uncomfortable about Mr. Aizpurua’s behavior and told Mr. Aizpurua that she did not want to be face down anymore.  Mr. Aizpurua then got down off the table and began to massage the patient’s inner thigh, without her consent.  After massaging the patient inner thigh, Mr. Aizpurua quickly massaged her head and then ended the massage.  Although the patient paid for a full hour massage, it lasted only a
few minutes.  The patient reported the incident to the manager of Massage Envy.  The same day, Massage Envy terminated Mr. Aizpurua’s employment due to his inappropriate behavior.

Patients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely and professionally practice massage therapy. Massage therapists must also practice according to the standard of care established for their profession.

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist ever makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  It could also provide the basis for a civil lawsuit against the spa or employer of the therapist.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Port Charlotte Masseur Arrested for Sexual Battery at Massage Envy

Javarous McNealy, a licensed massage therapist working at Massage Envy in Port Charlotte, was arrested on August 29, 2018 in connection with an allegation that he sexually assaulted a male client.  The client reports that he fell asleep during the massage at Massage Envy.  He woke up to find his penis being stroked and his scrotum in McNealy’s mouth.  He immediately confronted McNealy who apologized and left the room.  After arriving at home, the alleged victim contacted the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.  Detectives used DNA evidence to make the arrest in the case which arose during an April 2018 massage.  According to law enforcement records, DNA founds on the genitals of the victim matched the DNA collected from McNealy.  After being confronted with the DNA evidence, McNealy admitted to performing oral sex on his client.

According to the Florida Department of Health records, Javarous Lashay McNealy has been licensed since August 2016.  As of the date of his arrest, his license is still active and in good standing.  This highlights the need for better coordination between law enforcement and the Department of Health to ensure that massage therapists cannot remain licensed without restrictions while facing serious criminal charges for sexual misconduct.  Innocent consumers and prospective employers may check a massage therapist’s license status and see it is in good standing and be totally unaware that the massage therapist is facing criminal charges for sexual misconduct.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Massage Envy Employee Juan Parra Arrested for Sexual Assaults in Royal Palm Beach

Massage therapist Juan Parra is the most recent Massage Envy employee to be arrested on sexual misconduct charges in Florida.  Parra last worked at the Massage Envy franchise located at 11021 Southern Boulevard, Suite 100 in Royal Palm Beach.  According to law enforcement records, Parra was charged in August 2018 with two separate sex crimes (sexual assault and battery) involving two different female clients. In the first incident on March 31, 2018, he is alleged to have made unwanted sexual contact (a misdemeanor) while the incident on April 30, 2018 involves alleged vaginal penetration without consent during the massage.  A third incident was reported to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on August 31, 2018. That incident is alleged  to have occurred in July  2017 when Parra reported put his fingers inside a client’s vagina according to law enforcement records.

There are over twenty pending civil claims involving sexual misconduct against Massage Envy franchises in the State Florida.  Juan Pablo Parra, age 42, has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since October 2016.  According to Parra’s Linkedin biography, Parra worked at Massage Envy in Royal Palm Beach from May 2017 until April 2018.  He also worked as a Spanish language Massage Therapist instructor at QM Career Institute in West Palm Beach.

In July 2018, Len Olah, a massage therapist who worked at the Massage Envy in Winter Garden was arrest on a charge that he committed sexual battery on a female client.  That charge was later dropped by the Orange County State Attorney’s office.

We are often contacted by people who want to know what their legal options are after being sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at Massage Envy.  You have several remedies.  First, you should report the incident to law enforcement to have a proper criminal investigation conducted.  Second, you should contact the Department of Health or other licensing board to alert them of what occurred.  Third, you may wish to consider a civil lawsuit against any one responsible for the sexual assault, including the employer.  Claims may be brought for vicarious liability, negligence, negligent hiring, negligent retention, and negligent supervision among many other claims in a lawsuit.   Each of these remedies serves a different purpose yet work together to assist victims in obtaining justice. Our most important goal at Horowitz Law is to reduce the number of incidents of sexual misconduct and ensure that the perpetrator never has the occasion to commit such an act in the future.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Massage Envy or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz  at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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Therapist at Massage Envy in Hollywood Florida Accused of Sexual Misconduct

A massage therapist at the downtown Hollywood, Florida franchise of Massage Envy is the latest massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct on a female client.   According to a report on WSVN, a South Florida woman was looking to get a relaxing massage, but instead — she says she got sexually violated by her therapist.

According to the client, she removed her clothing and covered herself with a sheet before her massage therapist came into the room.   She says not long after the massage started, he started complimenting her appearance.  The woman reports that the therapist then recommended a “Thai massage” to relieve tightness.  Moments later, she says he got on top of her.  The client stated, “I feel his body weight go forward on me, on my back. And then I feel his breathing, kind of like over my neck area. Two seconds, three seconds … I feel him, just basically getting an erection over my tailbone. When I felt him get the erection, I knew something was wrong.”  The client was frightened at what would happen next but  managed to escape from the therapist.

All massage therapist in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey Massage Envy Employee Accused of Sexual Contact with Two Female Clients

Massage Envy therapist Steven Segovia is accused of sexual contact with female clients at two New Jersey Massage Envy locations where he was employed.  According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, Segovia engaged in oral sexual with a female client at Massage Envy in Englishtown and had sexual intercourse during a massage therapy appointment in Freehold. The State of New Jersey is now seeking to remove Segovia’s license as a massage therapist on grounds of gross negligence that Segovia endangers the public; professional misconduct, and failure to comply with regulations prohibiting licensed massage therapists from engaging in sexual contact with clients.

Individuals in New Jersey who have been treated by a licensed health care professional in an inappropriate manner can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Adam Horowitz is a sexual abuse lawyer for victims.  He filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against spas and massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at numerous spas including Massage Envy.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during at Massage Envy, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Experienced Lawyers For Massage Envy Sexual Assault Claims

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Adam Horowitz is a lawyer representing numerous women in Massage Envy sexual abuse claims across the country.  As an attorney, he receives excellent reviews from clients and pursues these cases aggressively with an eye toward obtaining justice, exposing the truth, getting corporate reforms, and holding all wrongdoers accountability.  Horowitz Law handles sexual misconduct cases against Massage Envy throughout the country.  Call our office at 954-961-2100 for more information or e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Massage Envy is the largest national chain of spas offering massage therapy services.  Massage Envy franchises have been besieged by lawsuits in which their massage therapists have been accused of sexual misconduct by female clients.  In these cases, franchises owners are often accused of negligence in which the claims is made that Massage Envy has inadequate policies and procedures to deter or prevent sexual misconduct.  In other cases, Massage Envy has failed to follow its zero tolerance policy on sexual misconduct or Massage Envy hired and retained massage therapists with a history of prior misconduct or other criminal behavior.  Horowitz Law has represented dozens of Massage Envy clients in cases in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and beyond.  We have the resources to evaluate and handle these cases anywhere in the country.

While massage may be therapeutic and relaxing for some, it is also a situation in which clients are  placed in as vulnerable a position as one can imagine.  Massage clients are often fully or partially undressed in a darkened room trying to relax while laying in a vulnerable position with a person whom they must trust to get the potential benefits of massage.  It is a situation in which the last thing on one’s mind should be the risk of sexual assault.  Yet, it is precisely in that situation in which sexual misconduct appears to be so rampant.  There is no textbook for how to respond such a frightening situations.  Many women will experience a freeze response in which they feel paralyzed while it is occurring.  At Horowitz Law, we are here for exactly such a situation and can guide you in the process of obtaining justice against all responsible parties.

A recent investigative report by Buzzfeed uncovered more than 180 incidents in which Massage Envy clients reported being sexually assaulted by massage therapists.  Attorney Adam Horowitz was quoted extensively in that article commenting on how the massage therapy setting creates a ‘perfect storm’ for incidents of sexual misconduct.  Massage therapists are tasked with touching nearly naked clients who often have their eyes closed in a darkened room while trying to relax.  “An inordinate amount of people are attracted to massage therapy because of sexual interest,” said Adam Horowitz, an attorney who has represented multiple clients suing day spas. “Just like there was opportunity in the priesthood, there’s opportunity in the massage room. When you get a massage, your guard is down completely. You’re not expecting to be violated.”  Attorney Adam Horowitz is often cited and consulted as an expert advocate for victims of sexual assault at spas such as Massage Envy based on his years of experience handling such cases.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Our massage sexual misconduct cases have garnered national and local headlines such as the following:

Dozens Accuse Massage Envy Therapist of Assault

Hands Off:  A Buzzfeed News Investigation

How Massage Envy’s Sexual Assault Scandal Could Have Been Curbed

Woman Files Lawsuit Again Owner of Massage Parlor, Alleges Abuse

Tampa Woman Filed Lawsuit Against Massage Parlor

Investigation Finds Disturbing Number of Massage Clients Inappropriately Touched Across the Country

Woman Assaulted at Coral Gables Massage Envy Files Lawsuit

CBS12 Investigates: Allegations of Sexual Assault at Massage Envy

‘It’s Mortifying’: Massage Envy Sexual Assault Victim Speaks Out

Woman Claims She Was Sexually Abused by Massage Envy Therapist in Boca Raton: Attorney

Judge Enters Guilty Verdict in Case Involving West Boca Massage Envy

At Horowitz Law, we not only handle your civil lawsuit, but we are there for our clients at each step of any criminal or administrative proceedings.  Our investigators and staff are devoted to gathering evidence to build your case and obtaining the measure of justice you deserve.

 

Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy in Miami Lakes

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In November 2017, Buzzfeed News reported that lawsuits, police reports and locally-filed complaints revealed more than 180 female clients of Massage Envy reported they suffered a wide array of sexual assaults, including groping, penetration and forced sex acts.  Since that time, dozens more have come forward with similar accounts.  The Miami Lakes franchise of Massage Envy is the most recent to be targeted in the latest lawsuit by Horowitz Law alleging sexual misconduct by a Massage Envy employee.

The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade County, alleges that during a massage appointment on September 30, 2017, massage therapist Jose Sanchez Contreras initiated unwanted sexual contact with his female client. Specifically, the Plaintiff claims that at the end of her massage appointment, the massage therapist placed his hands under the draping onto her breasts, cupped the breasts and then pinched her nipples two times while heavily breathing.  Jose Sanchez Contreras became licensed as a massage therapist in February 2017 according to the Florida Department of Health website. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Massage Envy located at 15422 NW 77th Court, Suites B&C, Miami Lakes, FL 33016.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

 

 

Atlanta Massage Therapist Sexually Assaulted Client According to New Lawsuit

A newly-filed lawsuit alleges that massage therapist Zebulun James Garner inserted in his finger into a client’s vagina near the end of a massage appointment at the Massage Envy on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta in September 2016.  This is just the latest of multiple allegations of sexual assault by massage therapists employed at Massage Envy franchises in the Atlanta area

“What are you doing! What is going on!”, the client exclaimed according to the lawsuit.  Garner replied, “It was something about you,” according to the lawsuit.  The client told the franchise manager what occurred.  About a week later, the manager told the victim that the therapist had not denied the allegation and had been fired.

The lawsuit alleges that franchise owner Atlanta Health Solutions was aware of prior sexual assaults on customers at Massage Envy locations he owned, but he had failed to properly screen, hire train and supervise Garner. The woman is seeking damages from Atlanta Health Solutions, owner Patrick Greco and from franchisor Massage Envy Franchising.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed dozens of sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched.  He handles case across the country.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Massage Envy or any spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz  at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com