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Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Horowitz Law

Massage Envy Employee Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

On August 8, 2022, a St. Petersburg massage therapist, Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, was arrested after reports were made that he sexually assaulted a female client during a massage. The St. Petersburg Police Department charged Lopez De La Torre with simple battery and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. He then was released after posting $500 bail. Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, 51, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since August 2018.  

According to media reports, Lopez De La Torre was working at the St. Petersburg Massage Envy on 4th Street on August 2, 2022, when he performed a 60-minute massage on a female client. During the massage, Lopez De La Torre allegedly reached under the client’s sheet, grabbed the client’s right breast, and pulled her nipple, causing minor redness to the area,” an arrest report states. The arrest affidavit said that an employee at Massage Envy confirmed the victim was the suspect’s client on the day of the offense.

Massage Envy’s corporate office stated, “Massage Envy is committed to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of the over 1,100 independently owned and operated franchised locations nationwide. We urge anyone who experiences anything other than a safe, quality massage to report it immediately to the franchised location so that it can be investigated. We cannot comment on pending allegations or litigation involving any independently owned and operated franchised location.”

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

William Daniel Corley Horowitz Law

Florida Health Department Restricts Jacksonville Massage Therapist William Daniel Corley Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

On December 3, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of William Daniel Corley in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Essentials Massage and Facials in JacksonvilleThe Order immediately prohibits Corely from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Corely has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since March 2019. 

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on July 5, 2021, William Daniel Corley performed a massage on a female client. During the massage, Corley allegedly asked the client if she had any problem areas to concentrate on. The victim informed Corley that she recently pulled a hamstring. Corley asked her to disrobe and lay face down. Corley proceeded to massage the client’s neck, shoulders, and back. He then moved the sheet to expose her legs and he rubbed her thighs. Corley allegedly then touched the outside of the client’s vagina with his finger. He then moved to the other leg and touched it again. He then reportedly removed the sheet exposing her buttocks and began rubbing it in a circular motion. Corley then allegedly spread her buttocks apart, revealing her anus and vagina, and cupped her vagina.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner. 

Corley allegedly violated the massage therapist/patient relationship by touching the client’s vagina and spreading her buttocks exposing her anus and vagina. 

Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors and other spas and resorts. 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.

Biltmore Hotel Massage Therapist Facing Criminal Charges

Oscar Ojeda Horowitz Law

Oscar Ojeda, the former lead massage therapist at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida is facing criminal charges after a female client reported that he touched her genitals during a massage in April, 2021. Oscar Ojeda, age 39, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery for incidents involving two separate clients.

According to law enforcement records, a woman came to the spa at the Biltmore Hotel for a deep tissue massage.  During the massage appointment, Ojeda groped her upper thigh and her genitals several times. After the massage ended, the woman reported the alleged sexual assault to the hotel staff.

However, according to police reports, this is not the first time a woman reported Ojeda’s sexual misconduct to Biltmore staff. Two other women accused the massage therapist of unwanted sexual touching during their massages in 2017 and 2020. Police say out of the three known allegations, prosecutors were only able to file charges in two of them due to statute of limitations.

In its response, the Biltmore Hotel released a statement, calling Ojeda a former employee. Ojeda, licensed in 2011, still has his license, as Florida’s Department of Health has not announced an update. 

Updates on Oscar Ojeda

After his surrender on May 13, the Coral Gables Police department transferred Oscar Ojeda to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, sources say. He was released on a $3,000 bond. His preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 3. 

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health. 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 should also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any spa or massage business, 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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Broward County Massage Therapist Jorge Pardo Faces Criminal Charge and Sanctions for Sexual Assault

On September 27, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Jorge Pardo, a massage therapist from Deerfield Beach, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Berger Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 441 South Federal Hwy.
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441. The Order prohibits Jorge Pardo from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client.  In August 2021, Jorge Pardo was criminally charged in Broward County with misdemeanor battery for this same claim. The criminal charge remains pending.

Jorge Pardo has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since June 2009.  On June 28, 2021, Pardo preformed a 60-minute massage on a 20-year-old female client.  The client had purchased the massage through Groupon. The client disrobed, just wearing a bralette and underwear, and covered herself with the provided drape. Pardo allegedly asked the client to remove her bralette, in which she complied. She told Pardo she was having some neck pain and wanted him to focus on that area specifically. Pardo concentrated on upper back briefly and then he told the client to flip over and lay face up.  According to the Order Pardo removed all draping that covered his client’s breasts, placed his hands on the client’s breasts and rubbed them. Mr. Pardo allegedly touched her entire breasts, including her nipples and even her nipple piercings. 

The Order states that Pardo then slid his hands up and down the client’s body, face up, beginning at the collarbone and ending above her vaginal hairline. The client reportedly felt extremely uncomfortable and notified law enforcement right after the massage.

Mr. Pardo allegedly violated section 480.046(1)(p) by violating section 480.0485 and/or Rule 64B7-26.010 by using the massage therapist-patient relationship to engage, or attempt to engage, sexual activity outside the scope of practice or generally accepted examination and treatment by massaging and/or touching the client’s breasts and nipples, including her piercings. A massage therapist also should never expose a client without explaining his draping technique.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to relax and escape the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various franchises, spas and resorts. 

Qui Vanh Voong Horowitz Law

Boynton Beach Massage Therapist Qui Vanh Voong Arrested For Sexual Battery

On August 5, 2021, Qui Vanh Voong, a Boynton Beach massage therapist, was arrested on sexual battery charges after a female client reported that he inappropriately touched and penetrated her during a 30-minute massage at Bao Foot Spa located at 1313 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.  Detectives are investigating other allegations of Voong inappropriately touching clients in a sexual manner, and they believe there may be additional victims.  According to public records Qui Vanh Voong was not licensed while working at Bao Foot Spa as required by Department of Health regulations in Florida.

Qui Vanh Voong, age 51, who also goes by the name “Juan”, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday afternoon. The bond was set at $50,000 with several conditions, including that he must not make any contact with the victim, nor can he work as a massage therapist while the case is pending.

According to the police report, a woman came into Bao Foot Spa for a 30-minute massage for massage. She reported that Voong touched the side of her breast and thereafter penetrated her with his fingers. The alleged victim stated that Voong massaged her lower back, then moved his hands forward further each time until he reached her groin area. She said after a few minutes, she felt the therapist move his hands all the way forward to her vagina and then insert two fingers inside her. The victim immediately told him ‘no,’ and then Voong replied with something along the lines of “if you don’t like it, just tell me what you want.”

The woman told the police she was shocked and scared. She asked Voong if the massage was over, but he continued to massage her until she could sit up, get dressed and walk out of the area. Investigators said Voong admits to the massage but that he did not sexually touch her.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage studios, spas, hotels, and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Christopher Mankarious Horowitz Law

Miami Beach Massage Therapist Christopher Mankarious Arrested For Sexual Battery at Popular Hotel

On April 28, 2021, Christopher Mankarious, a Miami Beach massage therapist, was arrested on sexual battery charges at Lapis Spa inside the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Mankarious, licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2019, also works as an on-demand therapist with a mobile app called Soothe.  

According to media reports, the alleged victim was a guest at the hotel with her family in late March. She booked a 60-minute massage with Christopher Mankarious at Lapis Spa. The guest changed out of her clothes and into the robe provided. She stated that she doesn’t get massages often and didn’t know if it was customary to fully undress. Mankarious reportedly told the alleged victim to lie face down on the bed and that he would return shortly to start the massage.

The arrest report states that during the massage Mankarious moved his client’s body in a way that exposed her vagina, and then he penetrated her with his finger.  The report states Mankarious realized his client was upset and began to apologize repeatedly, tried to diffuse the situation, and resume the massage by placing his hands on the client’s shoulders. The alleged victim then said she wanted to stop the massage, and Mankarious left the room. She reported the incident to the spa and hotel staff, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department.  Police said Mankarious was questioned about the incident by a manager and said, “My mind wasn’t clear. I misunderstood. I wasn’t in a clear state of mind.”  Detectives arrested Christopher Mankarious and charged him with sexual battery.  After initially invoking his right to remain silent, Mankarious volunteered to police that he grazed the victim’s vagina with his hand as he was massaging near her buttocks/thigh area.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage studios, spas, hotels, and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Yahil Suarez Oliva Horowitz Law

Yahil Suarez Oliva of Massage Envy in Hollywood Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 31, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Yahil Suarez Oliva on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the Sheridan Plaza franchise in Hollywood, Florida.  The Order prohibits Yahil Suarez Oliva from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Oliva has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. 

On November 24, 2020, Oliva was employed at a Massage Envy located at 5081 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 (Sheridan Plaza). On that day, Suarez Oliva provided a 60-minute massage to a 46-year-old female client. The client undressed and laid face down on the table with a sheet covering her buttocks. When Oliva entered the room, he uncovered one side of her buttocks.

During the massage, Suarez Oliva allegedly touched and grazed the client’s breast multiple times.  At one point, he directed his client to flip over on her back and lay face up.  According to the Emergency Order, the victim complained of sharp shooting pain in her groin area. Oliva began massaging the area with one hand, and with the other hand, he penetrated the client’s vagina using one or more fingers. He then reportedly walked by her side and rubbed his erect penis on the client’s arm and shoulder area. As he continued to massage her, the victim told him “don’t touch me,” then got up and got dressed. The Order states that the client suffered from panic attacks for months thereafter.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Danis Diaz Delgado Horowitz Law

Danis Diaz Delgado – Massage Envy Hollywood Employee Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 22, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Danis Diaz Delgado, a massage therapist from Miami, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the east Hollywood franchise.  The Order prohibits Danis Diaz Delgado from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Delgado has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since June 2020. 

On January 22, 2021, Delgado was employed at a Massage Envy located at 1640 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33020 (West Lake Commons). On that day, Delgado provided a 60-minute massage to a 28-year-old female client. During the massage, Delgado was massaging the client’s upper inner thigh and reportedly moved his hand to her vaginal area and then rubbed her vagina over her underwear.  Delgado then moved her underwear to the side and continued to rub her vagina according to the Department of Health. Delgado tried to remove the client’s underwear at which time she told him not to do so. The Order then says he replied, “it is just a massage.” Delgado continued to massage client’s thigh and twirled her pubic hair.    The client reported the alleged assault to the Hollywood Police Department on the date it occurred.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Aramis Savedra Barcelo Horowitz Law

Naples Massage Therapist Faces Sexual Assault Complaint

On March 11, 2021, the Florida Department of Health restricted the license of massage therapist Aramis Savedra Barcelo from Naples, Florida. The Surgeon General issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Aramis Savedra Barcelo, L.M.T., in response to sexual misconduct alleged by a 31-year old female client at Massage Heights located at 2348 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109.   The Emergency Order prohibits Barcelo from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.

Aramis Savedra Barcelo has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. On December 12, 2020 Barcelo was employed at Massage Heights. His client came in for a massage and foot scrub. He began the massage with the client face down, and mid-way through, asked her to flip over on to her back. Barcelo then allegedly began touching the client’s vagina and inner thigh. He apologized for getting too close. He then took out hot stones for use, but the client stated she did not book a hot stone massage. Barcelo informed the client that he would not charge her extra; he just liked using them. He then placed the stones under her draping and rubbed her vagina with a stone. He then allegedly grabbed the client’s breast and twisted her nipple under the sheet. The client then noticed she felt something wet on her vagina, and she immediately opened her eyes to find Barcelo’s head between her legs. When the massage ended, the client told her boyfriend what transpired and then reported it to management. She also filed a police report with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office but did not prosecute.

When clients schedule a massage, it is for the purpose of relaxation and escaping the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various franchises, spas and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Joseph Succar Horowitz Law

Massage Therapist Joseph Succar Restricted by Dept. of Health Due to Sexual Assault

On February 16, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of  Joseph Succar, a massage therapist from Miami, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Vitality Massage Studio located at 8870 SW 129th Terrace, Miami, FL 33176. The Order prohibits Joseph Succar from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client.

Joseph Succar has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since May 2018. Succar was employed  at a Vitality Massage Studio but was terminated in late 2020 due to speaking unprofessionally to Vitality clients.  Nevertheless, on November 11, 2020, an employee at another massage establishment reportedly referred a female client to Mr. Succar as she was desperately trying to find a therapist that day. Succar reached out to the owners of Vitality Massage to see if he could use their facility to perform the massage despite his prior termination. Vitality agreed to the arrangement, and the client came to the studio for an 8:30 p.m. appointment.

Before the massage, Succar provided client with a bath towel to drape herself.  The towel was a hand towel and only covered her buttocks. During the massage, Succar allegedly spoke to the client about sexual encounters with women which the client thought was odd. He them proceeded to perform massage and midway though, she was asked to roll over on her back. The small towel only covered her genital area, leaving her breasts exposed. Succar allegedly grazed her nipples multiple times during the massage. According to the Order, Succar then asked client to lay in a yoga-style stretch position which exposed the client’s vagina. Succar even mentioned that he wouldn’t look at her vagina but she noticed him staring at her vagina which made her uncomfortable enough to end the stretch. After the massage, Succar informed client that he only accepted cash for the services and followed her to an ATM machine nearby.  She was afraid that he would be violent if she said no. After paying Succar, the client began to leave but Succar insisted on following her home. She told Succar no, but he followed her several blocks before she screamed “No.”   The next day, the client called Vitality Massage to report Succar’s behavior. The owners told her that he was terminated a few weeks prior and that they thought he was using studio to perform a massage on a friend. 

When clients schedule a massage, it is to relax and escape the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients 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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various franchises, spas and resorts. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.