According to The Patch, a masseuse at The Spine and Therapy Center in Palo Alto, CA, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a client. Police reported the alleged victim is a woman in her 40s.
The alleged perpetrator, Roy Alberto Melgar, is 27-years-old. He was arrested on suspicion of sexually penetrating the client. Police arrested Melgar, and he is booked at Santa Clara County jail.
Police reported they are unaware of any additional alleged victims connected to Melgar. Police released are no other details regarding this case.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an experienced sexual assault lawyer, has represented numerous victims of massage parlor sexual assaults in civil lawsuits. In an interview, Bobby provided the following insight on the rights of these victims.
“Across the country, there have been numerous reports of sexual assault in the massage industry, the clients are placed in vulnerable positions, and a masseuse has easy access. Victims sexually abused by a masseuse should know their legal rights. If the massage center is found negligent, the victim may have grounds for a civil lawsuit.”
“Massage center owners have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their clients. To ensure the safety of their clients, owners must employ trustworthy therapists and run effective background checks. If owners do not do due diligence in the hiring process, they could be considered negligent if their masseuse sexually assaults a client. Another example of negligence is if previous complaints were reported, but no actions were taken to improve security. In cases of negligence, victims may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and receive compensation.”