A former employee of LifeTime Fitness in Colorado Springs has been accused of sexually touching women during massages at the gym in the Briargate area. According to the gym, the employee was hired as a personal trainer and was not authorized to give massages.
Gabriel Rainey was arrested in April when two women came forward to accuse him of inappropriately touching them during massages. He has been charged with sexual contact-fake medical exams and massage therapy-unauthorized practice.
According to the arrest records, these incidents happened in January and February of this year. The two women told detectives that Rainey sexually touched them during massages at the gym.
One of the women told investigators that Rainey began giving her massages in the fall of 2017 in a public area of LifeTime Fitness. However, about a year and a half ago, Rainey told this woman that he was being moved to the gym's private spa.
Rainey worked at LifeTime Fitness until March of 2019 - about one month before his arrest. According to a story by KKTV 11, he previously worked as a Certified Nurse Aide in Colorado. His license for that position expired in 2014.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Dan has offered to share some information regarding the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by personal trainers and other gym employees:
It should go without saying that personal trainers and other gym staff members have a responsibility to treat their clients with respect. The overwhelming majority of these staff members do so, but there have also been cases of personal trainers sexually assaulting their clients. When this happens, the client should be aware of their legal rights.
Reporting the assault to the police is an important step and will lead to a criminal investigation. But the victims of these crimes may also have legal recourse through the civil court system. In some cases, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the gym where they were assaulted.
A lawsuit may be an option if the assault was related to negligence. For example, the gym could be considered negligent if they hired an employee without first conducting a background check that could have revealed a history of sexual misconduct.
If you or a loved one has is a survivor of sexual assault by a gym employee, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.