Salt Lake City Spa Employee Wanted for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Customer
Police in Salt Lake City are searching for a former nail salon employee who is wanted for the alleged sexual assault of a customer. 41-year-old Huyen Quang Dao was charged on December 31 in 3rd District Court with two counts of forcible sexual abuse, which is a second-degree felony. A $100,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.
According to court documents, a woman visited Top Nails & Spa at 4689 Holladay Blvd on April 24. During her visit, Dao suggested that the woman get a facial. He then allegedly took her into a back room where she changed into a “short robe”, according to the documents. The woman says that Dao pulled her robe down and touched her inappropriately twice. The charging documents say that the woman “jumped up, yelled at him, and told him that’s too much.”
Dao’s current whereabouts were unknown as of Monday.
Legal Recourse for Victims of Sexual Assault in Spas
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Here is his perspective on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused in spas, massage parlors, and other businesses:
Sexual assault in massage parlors, spas, and similar businesses has become a nationwide problem. While most of the people who work in these businesses are trustworthy professionals, a small handful are predators who take advantage of their positions of trust in order to sexually abuse customers. When this happens, these predators must pay for their crimes and the victims must get the support they deserve.
In some cases, the businesses where these assaults occur are also partially responsible. For example, a spa might be considered liable for the sexual assault of a customer if that spa hired a new employee without first running a background check or failed to fire an employee with a history of sexual misconduct allegations. In those cases which involve negligence, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted at a spa or massage parlor, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors attorney.