Sincere Therapy, LLC in Bellefonte, PA – where a massage therapist allegedly sexually assaulted a client on July 24.
Bellefonte Massage Therapist Charged With 3 Felonies & 1 Misdemeanor For Alleged Sexual Assault
37-year-old massage therapist Carl Eric Nelson was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a female client today. Specific charges include two felony counts of sexual assault, one felony count of aggravated indecent assault without consent, and one misdemeanor count of indecent assault without consent. The alleged assault took place at the Sincere Therapy massage business at 221 W. High Street in Bellefonte, PA. Nelson is currently being held without bail because he has no current residence and is considered a public safety concern.
The victim contacted police on July 25, the day after she had an 8 p.m. appointment with Nelson. She said this was the third time she’d visited Sincere Therapy in the past two months and had seen Nelson both times, but this was the only time he allegedly assaulted her.
How Can Massage Businesses Keep Their Clients Safe?
The professional relationship between a massage therapist and their clients is based on trust. Clients are in a potentially vulnerable position, alone in a room with a therapist while they’re mostly undressed and trusting the therapist to respect their boundaries and behave professionally. Massage therapy businesses must do their due diligence when hiring therapists and make sure no one with a history of sexual abuse is allowed to work for them. Additionally, complaints of improper conduct or sexual assault made by clients should be taken seriously, and those accused should not be permitted to see other clients until an investigation is completed.