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Palo Alto, CA - Massage Therapist at The Spine and Therapy Center Faces Sexual Assault Charges

Published: October 14, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on November 23, 2020

Masseuse at The Spine and Therapy Center Faces Charges for Sexually Assaulting a Client

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.

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Legal Rights of Victims Sexually Assaulted by a Masseuse

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.”

Sources:

https://patch.com/california/paloalto/south-bay-masseur-arrested-suspicion-sexual-assault

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About Janean Cuffee
Editor: Janean is an NYU Applied Psychology major with a double minor in history and sociology. As a NY native, she focuses on highlighting important legal news regarding violence, assaults, and social justice cases. Contact Janean: [email protected] This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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