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 Jacksonville. The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.