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Tampa Massage Therapist Jhonnie Ramirez Surrenders License After Arrest For Sexual Battery

Tampa massage therapist, Jhonnie Ramirez, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on November 29, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at Massage Envy, Ramirez agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Ramirez has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Ramirez when working at Massage Envy in Tampa, Florida. According to the Order, Ramirez was arrested on February 11, 2021, in Hillsborough County, for Felony Sexual Battery on a Person Eighteen (18) or Older. The arrest report by Tampa Police indicates that on November 20, 2020, Ramirez performed a massage on an 18-year-old female at a Tampa Massage Envy. (Location not disclosed)

During the massage, the victim was in and out of consciousness due to being extremely relaxed. The victim felt Ramirez pull her left leg to the side and then began to massage her calf. She noticed that Ramirez moved up to her upper leg and inner thigh. in which he then tugged at her underwear. She reported that Ramirez inserted two of his fingers inside her vagina. The victim immediately sat up, and Ramirez apologized and asked her not to tell anyone. 

Ramirez was asked multiple times to exit the massage room by the victim. When he finally did leave the room, the victim called a friend to pick her up. She then reported the incident to the front desk staff. 

According to the Criminal Arrest Affidavit, Ramirez admitted to the sexual abuse and even demonstrated how “he touched the victim’s vagina with his index and middle finger in a circular motion.” He admitted that his actions were unprofessional and claimed that he “got lost in the moment, as he was brought into the energy and feeling sexual.” Ramirez was terminated from his position at Massage Envy. Ramirez was found guilty and charged with a second-degree felony and is a registered sex offender.

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Jhonnie Ramirez violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Massage Envy or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Dept of Health Files Complaint Against Tampa Massage Therapist Alleging Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health filed an Administrative Complaint on August 8, 2019 accusing massage therapist Alexander Aden of committing sexual misconduct with a female client during a massage therapy appointment.  The incident is alleged to have happened at the Massage LuXe located at 1706 South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida.  In recent years, several massage therapists working at Massage LuXe locations throughout Florida have been cited for alleged sexual misconduct.

Alexander Aden has been licensed as a massage therapist since July 2016.  According to the Complaint, during the massage,Aden removed his client’s panties and rubbed her vagina.  He is then alleged to have have placed his client’s hand on his clothed penis.  Removing a patient’s panties, rubbing a patient’s vagina, and placing a patient’s hand on a therapist’s clothed penis are outside the scope of practice of massage therapy.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 these circumstances,
massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Massage LuXe or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

DOH Brings Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Tampa Massage Therapist Louis Gay

The Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy has filed an Administrative Complaint against massage therapist Louis Gay of Tampa accusing him of sexual misconduct with a female client.  According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on January 25, 2018 when Louis Gay was employed at Essentials Massage and Facial Spa located at 11782 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.  The Complaint alleges that Louis Gay re-positioned his client’s draping to expose her breast and he then rubbed the center of her breasts with his hands.  It further states that he rubbed her nipples and cupped her breasts with his hands.

Florida law prohibits all sexual activity by any person employed in a massage establishment and says that no licensed massage therapist shall use the therapist-client relationship to engage in sexual activity.  The Board of Massage Therapy is seeking one or more of the following penalties on Louis Gay’s massage therapy license:   permanent revocation or suspension of Respondent’s license, restriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, placement of Respondent on probation, corrective action, refund of fees billed or collected, remedial education and/or any other relief that the Board deems appropriate.  Louis Gay has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since June 2017.  Gay has also performed massage therapy services at The Massage Spa in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Often times due to shock and fear of the sexual contact, a massage client will go into an involuntary “freeze response” to cope with the trauma of the assault.  This is a completely normal physiological response because the sexual contact is unexpected and the brain was previously attempting to go into a state of relaxation.  Due to the “freeze response”, a client sexually assaulted in the massage setting often fails to immediately scream for help or otherwise report an assault. Sometimes victims of sexual assault experience guilt or shame if they did not immediately stop the sexual contact or report it right away. The “freeze response” is a completely normal trauma response and the victims should not feel shame or guilt. It is never too late to report a massage therapist for sexual assault.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage at Massage Envy, Massage Luxe, Hand & Stone, Essential Massage or any other location offering 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



Tampa Teacher Arrested on Charges He Molested Disabled Student at LaVoy Exceptional Center

george summers molest studentHillsborough County teacher George Summers, age 68, has been criminally charged with molesting a teenage student.  Prior to his arrest, Summers taught special needs students at LaVoy Exceptional Center, where the abuse is alleged to have occurred.  LaVoy Exceptional Center school is located at 4410 W. Main St. in Tampa.

After conducting interviews, police detectives charged Summers with lewd and lascivious molestation of a disabled person by an authority figure over a student.  Two witnesses told police they saw Summers approach the student from behind, grab the student’s waist and groin and begin “grinding” his crotch into the student’s bottom, according to arrest records. The incident allegedly occurred at LaVoy while Summers was supervising the student.  Arrest records say the student is “unable to effectively communicate” because of his or her disability.

Later that day, school officials learned of the incident, called Tampa police and removed Summers from the classroom.

Summers has taught at LaVoy Exceptional Center since 2009, said a Hillsborough County School District spokeswoman. According to his Facebook page, George Summers teaches reading, language arts and social studies to students with autism spectrum disorder.  Summers entered the Hillsborough County School District in 2005 as a teacher at Burns Middle School in Brandon, then worked as a substitute teacher and at Horace Mann Middle School in Brandon before starting at LaVoy. From 1988 to 2003, he worked in Washington, D.C., public schools, according to his Facebook page.

Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse within schools.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, please email attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100