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Daniel Lopez Horowitz Law

Naples Massage Therapist Daniel Lopez Gets Disciplined For Sexual Misconduct

On March 31, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) ordered the Emergency Restriction of the license of Naples massage therapist, Daniel Lopez, prohibiting his practice of 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 that allegedly occurred during her spa appointment at a spa business in Naples has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since March 2015. He previously practiced in Boulder, Colorado according to public records.

According to the Order, a 24-year-old woman received a massage by Daniel Lopez on February 19, 2022. During the massage, the client claims that her draping slipped off and exposed her genitals. Lopez continued the massage without replacing the draping and touched her outer labia while rubbing her inner thigh. Lopez then reportedly placed one hand on her pelvic area and rubbed her clitoris with his fingers. According to the Order, the client immediately told him to stop and said she was not there for “that kind” of massage. Lopez allegedly apologized stating, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable.” The client reported the incident to law enforcement and said she did not give Lopez consent to expose and touch her vaginal area.

According to the Department of Health, Lopez willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating a client who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a danger to the public’s health, welfare, and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department.  When clients book 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.

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Boca Massage Therapist Donovan Washington Faces Sexual Assault Charges and License Restriction

Boca Raton massage therapist, Donovan Washington II, has pleaded guilty to sexual assault criminal charges after a complaint was filed by a female client he allegedly assaulted during a massage appointment on January 12, 2022 at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Boca Raton, FL. Previously, onn March 31, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) ordered the Emergency Restriction of Donovan Washington’s license as a massage therapist, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Washington has been a licensed massage therapist since March 2017 and has been an employee of Hand & Stone Boca since 2019.

Donovan Washington was arrested on January 12, 2022, after a 33-year-old female reported to the Boca Raton police department that she was sexually assaulted during a 60-minute massage given by Washington at Hand & Stone Massage in Boca Raton. The police report states that during the last 5-10 minutes of the hour-long massage, Washington asked the client to flip over to lay on her back. Washington massaged the client’s legs and worked his way up to the chest area. He then reportedly moved his hands under the sheet draping and massaged and rubbed the client’s breasts and nipples. The client reports that she became uncomfortable and asked Washington to stop. She then got dressed and stormed out of the spa to go directly to the police department.

Washington was arrested and charged with one count of battery.  He pleaded guilty on May 16, 2022  and was sentenced to six months probation plus community service. According to the police report, Washington admitted to the officer that he touched the victim’s breasts without her consent and that he did know it was wrong. A civil lawsuit was filed in March 2022 against Amerida Enterprises, the owners of the Hand & Stone Boca franchise, as they still allowed Washington to work at the spa, even after allegedly receiving a prior complaint of sexual misconduct. Washington was employed as the lead therapist at the Hand & Stone franchise.

Donovan Washington’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he may lack the good moral character and judgment necessary to practice massage therapy. According to the Department of Health, Washington willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating a client who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a danger to the public’s health, welfare, and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department.  When clients book 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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at Hand & Stone and Facial Spa or any other massage businesses, 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.

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South Beach Massage Therapist Gets License Restricted for Alleged Sexual Misconduct at W Hotel

On March 28, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) ordered the Emergency Restriction of the license of massage therapist, Salim Baghdadi, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on male clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a male client that allegedly occurred at Away Spa in Miami Beach. Salim Baghdadi has been a licensed massage therapist since July 2020. 

According to the Order, on November 15, 2021, Baghdadi performed a massage on a 39-year-old male client at Away Spa, located inside the W Hotel in South Beach. During the massage, Baghdadi placed his hands underneath the draping and made skin-to-skin contact while massaging the client’s inner thigh. The client claims Baghdadi repeatedly grazed the client’s testicles with the side of his hand and/or his wrist. He then asked the client to flip over to lay face-up. While at the head of the table, Baghdadi repeatedly stretched his arms from the client’s shoulders until his hands allegedly reached his genital area.

Baghdadi rubbed his hands against the client’s testicles and grabbed his penis. He repeated this while standing at the foot of the table. The client pushed Baghdadi’s hand away approximately four times to which his response was that was his “trouble area” and resumed the inappropriate contact. Towards the end of the massage, the client noticed that Baghdadi reached his hand under the draping again to touch his penis and began masturbating. The client began to squirm away causing friction burns that needed medical attention. The client reported the incident to staff members at the spa and hotel, as well as law enforcement.

Baghdadi’s alleged violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he may lack the good moral character and judgment necessary to practice massage therapy. According to the Department of Health, Baghdadi willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating men who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a danger to the public’s health, welfare, and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department. When clients book 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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at massage businesses, 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.

Destin Massage Therapist Disciplined for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST FACES MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

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On December 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Alan Joseph McCullough, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to multiple sexual misconduct complaints by female clients that allegedly occurred at two different massage spas in 2019 and 2020. McCullough has been a licensed massage therapist since 2019. 

According to the Order, the first incident that was the subject of the discipline occurred on November 24, 2019, at Massage Envy (34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Suite 132, Destin, Florida) Alan McCullough performed a 90-minute full-body massage on a 42-year old female client visiting from Texas. The client complained that Mr. McCullough allegedly made her uncomfortable during her massage. She stated that Mr. McCullough fondled her breasts, flicked and pinched both nipples while lying on her back with a sheet covering her. The victim reported the incident to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that same day.

On September 14, 2020, Mr. McCullough performed a massage on a 25-year old female client at ELEOS Professional Massage and Spa (3997 Commons Dr. W., Destin, Florida). She complained that when she was lying on her back, McCullough allegedly massaged her upper thighs and then placed two fingers over her underwear and rubbered her vaginal area three times before she sat up and told him to stop. She then got dressed and reported the incident to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that same day. McCullough was arrested and charged with two counts of battery.

McCullough’s alleged violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that Mr. McCullough may lack the good moral character and judgment necessary to practice massage therapy. According to the Department of Health, McCullough willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating women who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a danger to the public’s health, welfare, and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department. When clients book 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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at massage businesses, 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.

Boynton Beach Massage Therapist Robert Abreu Facing Sexual Misconduct Charge

BOYNTON BEACH MASSAGE THERAPIST ROBERT ABREU FACES MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

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On December 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Roberto Abreu, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to multiple sexual misconduct complaints by female clients that allegedly occurred in 2020 at Another Level Health (1800 W. Woolbright Road, Suite 101) in Boynton Beach, Florida. Abreu has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010. 

According to the Order, the first incident that was the subject of the discipline occurred on October 1, 2020, at Another Level Health. Roberto Abreu performed a full body massage on a female client.  The client complained that Mr. Abreu allegedly made her uncomfortable during her massage. She stated that Mr. Abreu groped her during the massage when he rubbed “too close” to her breasts. Additionally, the victim complained that Mr. Abreu failed to appropriately drape her, leaving her exposed and uncomfortable. A prior report was made in July 2020 to Another Level Health with another client alleging she was groped and had her breasts touched by Roberto Abreu.

On October 6, 2020, Mr. Abreu performed a massage on a third female client at Another Level Health. She allegedly complained that half-way through the massage, she turned over to lie face-up on the massage table. She then fell asleep and woke up to feel Mr. Abreu’s hand under her underwear and touching her vagina. The victim froze and pretended to still be asleep to avoid confrontation. When the massage concluded, she got dressed, paid for the massage, and left the establishment. She filed a complaint the next day and also reported Mr. Abreu to the Boynton Beach Police Department. Mr. Abreu was then terminated from Another Level Health. 

A Boynton Beach Police Department detective interviewed Mr. Abreu about the allegations made by his client. Mr. Abreu admitted that “on occasion”, his finger may have touched a patient’s genital area during a massage when he massaged a patient’s inner thigh or pelvic area. 

Roberto Abreu’s alleged violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that Mr. Abreu may lack the good moral character and judgment necessary to practice massage therapy. According to the Department of Health, Abreu willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating women who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a danger to the public’s health, welfare, and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department. When clients book 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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at massage businesses, 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.