Lawyer Comments: Reed Martens is a lawyer for victims of sexual abuse during massages. Read on to our second section for commentary from Reed on filing a lawsuit for massage therapy sexual assault.
38-year-old massage therapist Andrew Mitts was arrested on July 29 for allegedly sexually assaulting two clients at the Dire Wolf Recovery and Spiritual Center in St. Louis. He has been charged with one count of sodomy, failing to register as sex offender, and several counts of sexual abuse.
According to court documents, Mitts inappropriately touched two women during massages at the center - one on May 25 and another on June 18 of last year.
Mitts is a convicted sex offender who allegedly failed to register as required by law. He was convicted on sexual misconduct charges in 2005, but has not registered since 2007.
He was a registered sex offender in Illinois in 2015 when he allegedly sexually abused a 15-year-old girl. That case is still open, according to court documents.
According to investigators, Mitts may not have been registered as a sex offender because he moved from Illinois to Missouri and failed to report the move.
Sexual assault victim lawyer Reed Martens has represented dozens of victims of massage therapy sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We've asked Reed to share some information on the legal options available to these victims:
Sexual abuse in massage therapy is a nationwide problem, as there have been hundreds of reports of massage therapists sexually assaulting their clients. The victims of these disgusting crimes have legal options and deserve justice. Along with reporting the massage therapist to the police for a criminal investigation, many victims may also have grounds for a civil lawsuit.
The owners of spas and massage studios must take this sexual abuse problem seriously and must do everything they can to protect their clients. When a massage therapist is charged with sexually assaulting a client, it's important to investigate for possible negligence. For example, a spa owner could be considered negligent if the arrested massage therapist had a history of sexual abuse.
In cases involving negligence, massage therapy sexual assault victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the spa. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victim lawyers.