Police Arrest Massage Therapist at Dream Day Spa For Alleged Sexual Assault
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.
How Often Does Massage Therapist Sexual Assault Happen?
Recently, media scrutiny on the massage industry has revealed a widespread problem of sexual assault committed by massage therapists against their clients. A BuzzFeed investigation found more than 180 complaints filed against Massage Envy, a chain that has over 1,200 locations nationwide.
In recent local news, attorneys Brian Kent and Bobby Thompson filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven women who say they were sexually assaulted at massage appointments at Massage Envy locations throughout the state, from Southern California to Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Can I Sue A Massage Spa For Sexual Assault?
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven victims of alleged sexual assault by massage therapists. Here is his perspective on how taking legal action can help victims find justice:
If you’re a survivor of sexual assault by a massage therapist, you’re not alone. Hundreds of victims throughout the United States have begun speaking out and taking legal action against the massage therapists who assaulted them.
If the 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 example, 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.
In order to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit against a massage business, you will need to discuss the details of your case with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
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