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MASSAGE ENVY EMPLOYEE JOSE GRAJALES OF WELLINGTON ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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In September 2020, Message Envy’s massage therapist Jose Grajales, age 27, was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges in which it is alleged that he made unlawful sexual contact with a long-time female client of Massage Envy at its Wellington, Florida location.  According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office records, in August 2019, a Massage Envy client was seeking pain relief from chronic fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.  On the date of the alleged incident, she was assigned to massage therapist Jose Grajales because her regular therapist was out sick.

The arrest affidavit states the woman reported that Grajales unlawfully initiated unwanted sexual contact with and ultimately penetrated her vagina with one or two fingers during the massage appointment.  Following the massage appointment, the client allegedly told Grajales he had touched in places she did not want to be touched. She also allegedly reported the incident to a Massage Envy associate and then to her therapist and the police.  Grajales has pleaded not guilty to the charge.  Despite the arrest, Grajales’ license is active and in good standing with the Florida Department of Health as of this date.

Massage Envy has seen an unwelcome amount of negative press in recent years as it has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual assault of its female clientele. In 2017,  Buzzfeed reported that more than 180 people had filed sexual misconduct complaints against the franchise. SInce that time, dozens more have made public complaints and filed civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse at Massage Envy.  

When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life, and in cases like this to round out a medical treatment program. 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 inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts. If you are aware of incidents of sexual misconduct at Massage Envy or have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, 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.

SEX ASSAULT COMPLAINT LEADS TO EMERGENCY RESTRICTION ON LICENSE OF WELLINGTON MASSAGE THERAPIST

Massage Sexual assault SaenzThe Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Ruben Dario Saenz on August 29, 2017.  According to the DOH, Saenz sexually assaulted a 38-year old female client at a Massage Envy franchise in Wellington, Florida in May 2017.  During a massage appointment, Saenz reportedly lowered the draping of his client to expose her breasts.  After the breasts were exposed, he allegedly touched her breasts and nipples without consent.   The DOH Order states that “Saenz willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.”  As a result of the Order, Sanez is immediately prohibited from practicing massage therapy on female clients pending a final disciplinary hearing.  Saenz has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since June 2011.

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.   Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust.  All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in supervision and protection at all times.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy and other national chains, spas, and hotels.  You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.