A massage therapist who works out of a home office in Peoria has been accused of sexually assaulting a client. 58-year-old Anthony Pagliaro has been charged with sexual assault and sexual abuse.
Court documents say that the victim went to Pagliaro’s home office for a massage on March 20. According to the victim, Pagliaro moved the sheet that was covering her during the massage and sexually assaulted her. She told him that she did not consent to the sexual contact before getting dressed and leaving the house.
The victim went to the Peoria Police Department to report the assault and officers had her call Pagliaro. During the phone call, he allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting the woman and blamed it on “male stupidity.” According to court documents, he admitted that what he did was wrong at the end of the call.
The victim told police that she was a return client and had seen Pagliaro for massage appointments when he worked at AZ Choice Chiropractic.
Pagliaro is being held on a $50,000 bond for charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin represents survivors of sexual assault by massage therapist. His law firm has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of those who have been sexually assaulted by employees of nationwide chain Massage Envy. Here are some thoughts from Kevin on the legal options available to these survivors:
Massage therapy is a sensitive field and it’s crucial that the people who work in this field are trustworthy. There is a high potential for sexual abuse in massage therapy because of the fact that massage therapists work with clients who are in vulnerable positions. When a massage therapist abuses a client, that therapist must be criminally investigated. Additionally, the business where the assault occurred can also be investigated to determine if their negligence contributed to the assault.
For example, a massage business might be considered negligent if they hired a massage therapist without first running a background check that may have revealed a history of sexual misconduct.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer.