Glastonbury Massage Therapist Accused of Sexual Assault Again
Police in Glastonbury have arrested a former Massage Envy employee on charges of sexual assault for the second time.
Initially arrested in December 2018, 27-year-old Patrick Corning now faces additional charges of sexual assault second degree and disorderly conduct. Police say that in September 2018, Corning inappropriately touched a woman during a massage therapy session at the Massage Envy in Glastonbury.
Corning’s December arrest also involved allegations of inappropriately touching a customer during a massage at the same location in September 2018. He is no longer employed by Massage Envy.
Corning turned himself in to police on Monday, February 11. He was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on February 27.
Other victims and anyone who has information related to this case has been asked to contact Officer David Hoover at 860-652-4284.
Does Massage Envy Have a Sexual Assault Problem?
This recent arrest is unfortunately not a unique case. In fact, there have been hundreds of reports of massage therapists sexually assaulting clients at nationwide chains like Massage Envy and Hand & Stone, as well as smaller massage businesses. A November 2017 investigative report by BuzzFeed News found over 180 reported cases of sexual misconduct involving employees of Massage Envy.
The company has faced several lawsuits based on allegations that they failed to report alleged assaults to law enforcement, sometimes even allowing employees to transfer to other locations.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has helped survivors of massage therapist sexual assault take legal action against Massage Envy, with recent lawsuits filed in both California and Florida. Here are some of Brian’s thoughts on how survivors of these crimes can find justice:
No one expects to be sexually assaulted during a professional massage. When visiting an established massage business, we all expect that our massage therapist will be a respectful professional. But unfortunately, this field has had many problems with sexual predators seeking out positions as massage therapists and abusing and assaulting their customers. Additionally, companies like Massage Envy have faced criticism for allegedly attempting to cover up these assaults, which has allowed these predators to victimize others.
Prosecuting sexual predators is an important part of finding justice for survivors of sexual assault. But in many cases, third parties (such as an employer) are also responsible for failing to prevent the assault. For example, a massage therapy company might be considered negligent for the assault of a customer if the accused massage therapist has a history of sexual misconduct but was allowed to work for the company anyway.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys want to help you find justice. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.