DoubleTree Resort & Spa Massage Therapist Charged with Sexual Battery
On February 5, 2020, James Scopetta, a licensed massage therapist was arrested on charges of sexual battery of a woman at the luxury DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Ocean Point in Sunny Isles Beach. Police said Scopetta unlawfully initiated unwanted sexual contact with the woman while giving her a massage.
Scopetta, age 34, of Hallandale Beach was arrested on one count of sexual battery after the woman reported the incident to police. According to the arrest report, she said Scopetta touched her breast and “moved his hands from her vagina and started to rub her clitoris with his finger.”
At first, Scopetta denied the allegation. He then told police officers “he felt the victim was attracted to him and she wanted more of an erotic massage, which made him uncomfortable.”
According to the Florida Department of Health, Scopetta received his massage therapist license on May 8, 2017. A judge ordered him to not work as a masseuse until the case is resolved. Scopetta has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since May 2017.
The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book a massage, it is to decompress and relax. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.