According to NBC Los Angeles, an investigation began in early March after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by an employee during a massage treatment at Healing Tree Acupuncture & Wellness Center located at 3975 Jackson St. in Riverside, CA.
The Riverside Police Department arrested 67-year-old Jungsik Mo of Anaheim Hills on suspicion of sexual assault in April 2023. Mo is the husband of the clinic owner and is also believed to be the owner of the Haim Healing Center in Fullerton. Police also discovered during their investigation that Mo does not possess a valid license to operate as a masseuse.
He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of sexual assault violations and is being held on $75,000 bail. The Riverside Police Department continues to investigate the incident and encourages anyone with any further information to contact their department as they fear there may be additional vicitms.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, a sexual assault lawyer in California, has represented many individuals in civil lawsuits. During a recent interview, he shared his expertise on what to do if sexually assaulted during a massage or spa treatment.
“Reports of sexual assault in massage businesses have been reported all over the country. Clients are often put in vulnerable situation, as masseuses have access to them that can be easily abused. Victims of abuse by a masseuse should know their legal rights. If the massage business is found to be at fault, the victim may be able to file a civil lawsuit for financial compensation.”
“Massage center owners have a responsibility to keep their clients safe from preventable dangers, like sex abuse. To do this, they must hire trustworthy therapists and run thorough background checks on all staff members. If owners fail to do this, and a masseuse sexually assaults a client, they may be considered negligent and held liable. Additionally, if previous complaints were made and no steps were taken to improve security, this can also be considered negligence. In such cases, the victim may have grounds to bring a civil lawsuit and receive compensation. Victims are encouraged to speak to an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to learn more about their rights to justice."