Massage Envy in Scottsdale near Thomas Road, where an employee is accused of sex abuse.
Scottsdale Massage Therapist Accused of Sexually Abusing Client
A massage therapist at a Massage Envy location in Scottsdale has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a customer during a massage at the business. 36-year-old Caleb Cherry faces one felony charge of sexual abuse.
The alleged incident took place on February 15 at the location on Scottsdale Road, near the intersection with Thomas Road. The victim told police that her massage began normally, but that Cherry crossed a line after she turned over onto her back. She says Cherry touched her inappropriately and that he continued to massage her upper thigh even after she told him to stop.
The woman then told Cherry to leave the room and he complied. She told employees at the front desk about what happened and then contacted the police.
According to the police report, Cherry initially claimed the touching was an “accident” but eventually admitted that it was a “spur of the moment decision.” He also allegedly admitted that he knew he would face consequences and lose his massage license.
Hundreds of Sexual Assault Allegations at Massage Envy Locations
This latest report of sexual abuse by a Massage Envy employee is one of hundreds made by customers of the nationwide chain. A 2017 investigative report by BuzzFeed News revealed over 180 reports at locations across the country, and this number has only grown since then. There have also been widespread reports of abuse at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa and smaller massage businesses throughout the country. Many of these victims have begun fighting back by filing lawsuits.