Massage therapist Douglas Boyd was arrested on March 6 for allegedly sexually assaulting a client at Massage Luxe in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. He has been charged with sexual misconduct and fourth-degree assault.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman contacted police on October 11 and reported that six days earlier, Boyd inappropriately touched her during a massage at the Massage Luxe location on North Euclid Avenue. She told police that he also made an inappropriate comment and found her on Facebook, where he messaged her and offered free massages if she would withdraw her criminal complaint.
Boyd was fired from Massage Luxe after the woman filed a police report. He was released on Monday, March 9, after posting $1,000 bail.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens has represented several victims of massage therapist sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We've asked Brian to share some of his thoughts on the legal rights of these victims:
The massage therapy industry has a widespread sexual assault crisis, as there have been hundreds of reports of massage therapists sexually assaulting clients at spas throughout the country. The victims of these disgusting crimes have legal rights in both the criminal justice system and civil courts. In many cases, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the spa where they were sexually assaulted.
Massage therapy companies like Massage Luxe have a legal duty to protect their customers from sexual predators. When one of their massage therapists is charged with sexually assaulting a client, it's important to ask if the business met this legal duty. If not, the victim may have a strong case for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted at a spa or massage studio, we highly recommend speaking with a massage therapist sexual assault lawyer. You can learn more about your legal rights by contacting one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers for a free consultation.