Alleged Victim Testifies Against Massage Therapist Accused of Sexual Assault
On November 14, a woman testified in a preliminary examination for a massage therapist sexual assault case. The woman testified that 58-year-old massage therapist Guanglu Xia inappropriately touched her during a massage at Relax Chinese Acupressure Spa at the Westwood Mall in Jackson.
The woman testified that less than 10 minutes after the massage began, Xia began straddling her while she was laying on her stomach. She also testified that he kissed her arms and thighs.
She testified that she filed a police report the day after the massage.
Xia has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison, a $500 fine, or both.
A second victim was scheduled to testify on the 14th, but she did not appear in court.
This preliminary examination is scheduled to continue on December 10th.
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Legal Options For Survivors of Sexual Assault by Massage Therapists
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has represented numerous victims of massage therapist sexual assault in civil lawsuits against negligent massage therapy businesses. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal options of those who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists:
In the massage therapy industry, it’s extremely important to make sure all employees can be trusted. Massage therapists are alone with their clients, who are in vulnerable positions. Sexual predators working as massage therapists have regular opportunities to commit heinous crimes against their clients.
Massage therapy businesses have a legal duty to protect their clients from sexual predators. This includes running thorough background checks and having preventative measures in place for reducing the risk of sexual assault. When a massage therapy client is sexually assaulted, it’s important to determine if the business met this legal duty.
Some cases of massage therapist sexual assault only occur due to negligence by the business – such as failing to report previous allegations of sexual assault against a massage therapist. When negligence is involved, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims attorneys.
Location of Relax Chinese Acupressure Spa in Jackson, MI
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