According to WFLA, a massage therapist sexually assaulted a patient in his Miami, FL home.
The victim booked a home massage through the Soothe app on October 31st, 2021. At around 8:40 p.m. masseuse Victor Martin arrived. The victim told police that Martin attempted oral sex on him without his consent during the massage, prompting the victim to leap from the massage table, dash to the kitchen, grab a knife, and tell the man to leave the house.
Police were able to identify the massage therapist, who is licensed by the Florida Department of Health from 2011 to 2023. He was arrested and faces a felony charge of sexual battery.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced massage therapist sexual assault lawyer in Florida. Michael frequently represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. During a recent discussion, he shared his insight regarding the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted by a masseuse.
"Across the country, we've seen many sexual assault cases involving massage therapists or masseuses. This pervasive sexual assault problem in the massage profession demonstrates how therapists misuse their influence over clients while they are in vulnerable positions. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to hire an experienced sexual assault lawyer to explain their legal options. They may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit for compensation."
"Furthermore, an experienced attorney can help identify any third parties liable for damages. Massage parlor owners are legally obligated to uphold their clients' safety while on the property. Additionally, app platforms that book therapists may also be accountable for providing a level of protection to the Therefore, owners should do their best to ensure their clients. They need to ensure each massage therapist is fully qualified and has passed a background check. If they fail to implement these preventative measures, they could be held responsible based on negligence."
"Additionally, if a massage therapist had previous misconduct reports against them but were allowed to continue to work with clients, the third party may be deemed negligent. The victim's attorney will seek to prove the sexual assault occurred due to safety negligence, then the victim and their family could have sufficient grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit."