Massage Therapist Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct For Alleged Inappropriate Touching
On Monday, September 24, authorities in St. Paul charged a massage therapist with criminal sexual conduct after a customer accused him of sexually assaulting her during a massage session in May. 55-year-old Gregory Quinn Holmes has been charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged assault.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called on May 20 to the St. Paul Athletic Club for a report of a massage therapist sexually assaulting a customer during a massage. Upon arrival, officers met with the alleged victim. She told officers that as she was lying face-down, the massage therapist rubbed her bare buttocks. She also told police that the man sipped vodka and briefly left the room, before returning smelling like marijuana.
The woman said that after the massage, she went to the front desk to report the assault. She said that Holmes followed her and stood nearby in an apparent attempt to intimidate her.
An employee told investigators that the woman looked “agitated or uncomfortable” when she came to the front desk after the massage. The employee also said that Holmes was nearby in order “to intimidate (the woman) about not speaking about it.”
If convicted, Holmes may face up to 10 years in prison.
Criminal Record of Gregory Holmes
Holmes has an extensive criminal record, including several alcohol-related offenses such as leaving the scene of a death accident and criminal vehicular operation that resulted in substantial bodily harm. He also has convictions for disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, and violating orders for protection related to domestic violence.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com specializes in helping the victims of sexual assault find justice. His law firm, Laffey, Bucci & Kent, has represented dozens of victims of massage therapist sexual assault in lawsuits filed against nationwide chain Massage Envy. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to these victims:
Massage therapy has become extremely popular in the United States, with new businesses and nationwide chains popping up all over the country. Because of the obvious vulnerability of massage therapy customers, it’s important that these facilities make sure that their employees are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, the exploding popularity of massage therapy has also coincided with frequent reports of sexual assault by massage therapists.
In many cases, sexual assault by massage therapists may have been avoided if it weren’t for negligence on the part of their employer. For example, a massage business might be considered negligent if they fail to run a background check before hiring a new employee and it turns out that the employee has a history of sexual assault or other offenses.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you have legal rights. You can learn more about your legal options and right to financial compensation by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.