Ex-Massage Therapist Brandon Blacka Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Sexual Battery
Former Massage Green Spa massage therapist Brandon Blacka has been sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual battery of a client. Blacka was sentenced to 14 days in jail, two years of probation, 90 hours of community service, and to pay restitution.
28-year-old Brandon Blacka was charged with sexual battery in October of 2018. He did not show up for his court date on November 16 of that year and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Blacka was arrested on that warrant in February of 2019.
On March 5, 2017, a woman went to Massage Green Spa for a massage. She filled out forms and, according to court documents, “specifically marked on the form that the male therapist was not to touch her breast area.”
The woman accused Blacka of touching her inappropriately during the massage. Charging documents say she asked Blacka, “What are you doing?” and that he replied, “Sorry, I didn’t mean to perv you out.”
The police were called immediately following the alleged assault and Blacka later received a court summons.
According to court documents, a second complaint was filed against Blacka in April of 2018. Following this second complaint, the Utah Attorney General’s Office filed a disciplinary action against his massage license.
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Filing a Lawsuit For Victims of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents victims in civil lawsuits. Brian has represented several clients in sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapy businesses. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists:
Massage therapy is a business that requires trust between employees and their clients. There is a high potential for abuse in this field, so massage businesses must ensure that all of their employees are safe and trustworthy people. But sadly, the massage therapy industry has widespread problems with massage therapists sexually assaulting their clients.
The perpetrators of these heinous crimes must be held responsible in criminal courts. But for victims, the legal options for justice often extend to civil courts as well. In some cases, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business where the assault occurred due to negligence.
For example, a massage therapy business could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct allegations.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal rights by discussing your case with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.
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