According to The Patch, an employee at Happy Feet Relaxology has been arrested regarding complaints from clients.
An Qinghai, 55-years-old, has been accused of inappropriately touching clients between January 2020 and March 2021. Qinghai worked at Happy Feet Reflexology for two years before the arrest.
Qinghai faces two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual assault. Police have not released details regarding the assault and the victims.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced sexual assault attorney, represents victims of sexual assault. Below, Brian provides commentary on the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted by a masseuse.
“The massage industry has had widespread problems with sexual assault given the vulnerability of clients to their masseuse during their sessions. Across the country, there have been numerous reports of sexual assault have been reported. Victims who have been abused sexually by their masseuse in a spa should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit. Victims of such abuse should acquire the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney to learn all their options.”
“Massage spas have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their clients. Massage owners should only hire qualified and trustworthy massage therapists to ensure the safety of all customers. If a masseuse sexually assaulted a client, the owner may be deemed liable due to negligence. One example of negligence is if a masseuse has been reported before but was not fully investigated. In cases of negligence, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit.”