Healing Hands Day Spa Masseuse Arrested For Sexual Assault
The man who runs Healing Hands Day Spa on Hanover Green Drive in Mechanicsville was arrested last week after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her during a massage at the business. 46-year-old Clinton Corbert Stevenson has been charged with felony object sexual penetration and unlawful massage in connection with the alleged incident, which occurred on December 7.
According to the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victim reported that Stevenson sexually assaulted her during a massage. After investigating the allegations, authorities determined that the business’ massage license had expired and that Stevenson was conducting massages without a license. This led to the unlawful massage charge.
According to a report by CBS6 Richmond, two other women have previously accused Stevenson of massaging their breasts without their consent – one incident in 2017 and one in 2016.
Stevenson was jailed at Pamunkey Regional and ordered held without bond.
Other victims and anyone with information related to this case has been asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has extensive experience representing survivors of massage therapist sexual assault, including in lawsuits against nationwide chains like Massage Envy. Here are some of his thoughts on how the legal system can help these survivors:
Massage therapy is a field which requires a high degree of trust between the business and their customers. Because massage therapists are alone with their clients, it’s critical to make sure these individuals are trustworthy and that no sexual predators are hired. When a massage therapist sexually assaults a customer, it’s up to the business to contact law enforcement and make sure the accused is fired before they can abuse others.
While the criminal justice system will handle the prosecution of the offender, it’s also important to hold the business accountable if their negligence contributed to the assault. For example, a massage business could be considered liable for failing to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement or failing to run a background check before hiring a new massage therapist.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors attorney.
Local Coverage From CBS6 Richmond
Location of Healing Hands Day Spa in Mechanicsville, VA