A massage therapist at the Massage Heights chain location on West Holcombe Boulevard has been charged with sexually assaulting a customer during a massage, as well as an undercover police officer who was investigating the allegation. 55-year-old James Jefferson was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault on Wednesday.
A female customer reported that Jefferson had sexually assaulted her on Monday during a two-hour massage at the business. Police then sent a female undercover officer into the massage parlor to get a massage from Jefferson.
Undercover assets were placed on this undercover officer to see if Jefferson would sexually assault her. According to the police, he did so and a report was made on Wednesday morning. He was arrested later that day.
By Wednesday night, at least two other people had come forward claiming that Jefferson had also sexually assaulted them. Those complaints regard alleged assaults at a different massage business where Jefferson previously worked. No charges have been filed in either of those cases, as of August 22. However, deputies say more charges could be on the way.
Constable Alan Rosen Harris sent out a tweet about the case, saying that Precinct 1 deputies are looking for other victims.
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Sexual assaults by massage therapists have become a nationwide crisis, with hundreds of customers reporting being assaulted during massage sessions across the country. Many of these victims have sought justice by filing civil lawsuits against the businesses where they were assaulted, alleging negligence was partially to blame.
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