Last Update: 7/13/2020
A massage therapist at Body Kneads Spa in Palo Alto has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a massage client at the business.
A woman in her 30s called the Palo Alto police on August 23 to report a sexual assault at the spa on the 800 block of San Antonio Road. She told authorities that she had received a massage at the spa by a massage therapist later identified as Gang Wang. She said that Wang allegedly touched her private area and sexually assaulted her twice. He is also accused of continuing to touch her sexually after she told him to stop.
Police investigated the allegations and found supporting evidence to validate the woman’s allegations. The spa fired Wang after learning of this investigation.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Wang on Friday, December 27. He has been charged with felony counts of sexual penetration by force and oral copulation by force.
The authorities are concerned that there could be other victims because of how many clients Wang came into contact with at the spa. He worked at Body Kneads Spa for about two years. Other possible victims and anyone else with information related this case is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is a sexual assault victim attorney and has represented several victims of massage therapist sexual assault. Bobby has offered to share some of his thoughts on the legal rights of victims of sexual abuse in massage parlors:
“Massage therapy is an industry that requires credibility above all else. Massage therapists work with clients in vulnerable positions, meaning that if untrustworthy people are hired as massage therapists, there is a high risk of abuse. Client sexual assaults have been a significant concern in the world of massage therapy. Shared Mr. Thompson.
He goes on to discuss, “Depending on the circumstances, a victim of sexual abuse at a massage parlor may have grounds for a lawsuit against the therapist as well as the business. Determining liability on the perpetrator and the amount of negligence caused by the business will help with the lawsuit.”