56-year-old Comfort Foot massage therapist Songpeng Sun has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching two customers at the business.
Police say that the first incident happened on January 19, 2019, when Sun allegedly grabbed a woman’s breast during a back massage at the business.
In the second incident, police say that on July 27, 2019, Sun grabbed and shook a woman’s breast after she went to Comfort Foot for a shoulder massage.
According to the police, the two victims in these incidents do not know each other.
Sun was arrested on August 20. During an interview with police, he initially denied giving massages to the victims, but eventually admitted to giving them. He denied the sexual abuse allegations.
A judge set a secured appearance bond of $10,000. Sun has a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 29.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin is currently representing dozens of women in sexual assault lawsuits against massage businesses, including nationwide chain Massage Envy. Kevin has offered to add a few thoughts regarding the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists:
The professional relationship between a massage business and their clients is built on trust. Because of the fact that massage therapists will be alone with clients who are in vulnerable positions, these businesses must make sure that all employees are safe and trustworthy people. But sadly, sexual assault by massage therapists is a major problem across the United States.
When a customer reports being sexually assaulted during a massage session, it’s important to investigate both the accused employee and the business itself. In some cases, these businesses are partially to blame for failing to prevent the sexual assault because of negligence. For example, a business might be considered negligent if they had ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the employee which could result in a massage therapist sexual assault lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney in a free consultation.