A massage therapist at Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center in North Reading has been accused of sexually assaulting a client during a massage. 35-year-old Daniel Feener was arraigned on Tuesday, October 15 on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery.
According to investigators, a woman went to the business on Monday, October 14 for an appointment for a massage focused on her back and shoulders. Investigators say that during this massage, Feener allegedly started inappropriately touching the victim and assaulted her. He is also accused of placing her hand on himself.
This woman allegedly told Feener to stop and would later report the assault to the police.
Investigators believe there could be other clients who have been sexually assaulted by Feener and have encouraged any other victims to come forward.
Feener had been working part-time for the Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center for several months. During his arraignment, he was ordered held without bail for a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, October 18.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty has represented several victims of massage therapist sexual assault in civil lawsuits against massage therapy businesses, such as nationwide chain Massage Envy. Here is Kim to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of these victims:
When you visit a massage therapy business, there is an expectation that your massage therapist will be a licensed and trustworthy professional who will treat you with respect. But sadly, this is not always the case. This field has experienced widespread issues with employees sexually assaulting their clients in businesses throughout the country. The victims of these crimes have legal rights, which they should be aware of.
Reporting the sexual assault to law enforcement is an important first step, but your legal options may not end here. In many cases, people who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists may also have grounds for a lawsuit against the business where the assault occurred.
Massage therapy businesses can be held liable if their negligence allowed a sexual assault to occur - such as failing to run a background check on a new employee or ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct about the alleged perpetrator.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney in a free consultation.