According to KY3, there was a charge of second-degree sodomy filed against a Grove Pharmacy's spa massage therapist. Specifically, the suspect is accused of inappropriate touching.
33-year-old Seth Galyon is being investigated for touching the male victim in an inappropriate place during a visit in June of 2020. Additionally, Galyon was charged in a 2019 sodomy case, but the charges were later dropped.
Despite charges not being filed, two separate individuals have come forward with accusations of Galyon sexually abusing them.
The First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Chapman says they are only pursuing the present case involving the June 2020 incident due to a lack of evidence for the other accusations.
Attorney contributor, Ryan Frazier, is an experienced sexual assault attorney. He has worked with numerous victims who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists. Below, Ryan shares his insight on the legal options of victims sexually assaulted by a massage therapist:
"Massage parlor owners have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of the patients in their care. In order to adequately protect therapy customers, parlors need to implement needed security measures. For example, the background checks of employees must be detailed and properly looked over by management before the job is offered. Today, across the country, massage therapy sexual assaults seem to be filling headlines as therapists are taking advantage of their jobs in order to seek personal pleasure. Parlor owners and the management of such property cannot allow predators to work in environments where they can abuse patrons and harm them sexually."
"If a sexual abuse incident does occur between a massage therapist and a victim, the families of victims must do their research to see if the parlor took proper steps to keep the abuse from happening. In some cases, it can be seen as liable due to negligence if the institution did not do everything it could to make sure abuse was not occurring. Negligence can be highlighted when a therapist has been reported on and complaints have been made, but they are still employed. The use of an experienced sexual assault attorney is imperative for victims' families who are trying to explore all their legal options. Victims and their families can have grounds for a civil lawsuit in cases of negligence on behalf of the massage spa or parlor."