Last Update: 7/13/2020
Police have arrested a massage therapist employed at Dream Day Spa based on allegations that he sexually assaulted a customer during an appointment. 26-year-old Ramiro Ricardo Fernandez was arrested on Tuesday, August 14 by detectives from the Folsom Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of sexual battery but has been released.
An unnamed adult woman contacted Folsom Police on July 30 to report that she had been inappropriately touched during a massage given by Fernandez. Police have not identified any other incidents or victims.
Bobby Thompson, an experienced massage therapy sexual assault lawyer, has previously filed lawsuits on behalf of victims who alleged sexual assault by massage therapists. We requested his perspective on how taking legal action can help victims find justice and have included it below.
“If you’re a survivor of sexual assault by a massage therapist, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Indeed, hundreds of victims throughout the United States have begun speaking out and taking legal action against the massage therapists who assaulted them in the past. If a massage therapist’s employer was negligent in a way that allowed the sexual assault to occur, he or she could be held liable for damages. For instance, a massage business could be held liable if they hired a massage therapist without doing a background check that would have revealed a history of sexual misconduct. It is very much a possibility to pursue and achieve justice, and the civil justice system is only one of the avenues by which this may be achieved.”