Windsor Height Massage Therapist Accused of Sexually Assaulting Client
64-year-old massage therapist Kevin Thoren was released on bond on Wednesday after being charged with sexually assaulting a female customer at Banyan Tree Health and Wellness in Windsor Heights.
Thoren’s business was at a rented space in the Windsor Heights Town Center strip mall. A criminal complaint says that he sexually assaulted a client during a massage there in November 2018. The woman told police that Thoren had groped her.
Thoren should not have been practicing at the time of the assault. Two months before that incident, he had surrendered his massage therapy license when The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy began investigating other claims of misconduct.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 19.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has experience representing survivors of sexual assault by massage therapists. We’ve asked him to discuss how these survivors can find justice through the civil court system:
As a survivors lawyer, my law firm has represented dozens of survivors of sexual assault by massage therapists. We’ve gone after nationwide chain Massage Envy for failing to keep their customers safe from sexual predators on their payroll. If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you have legal options for finding justice.
Massage therapy requires trust between the massage therapist and their customers. Unfortunately, this means that there is a high potential for sexual abuse in this field, as sexual predators may exploit this trust in order to abuse their customers. Massage businesses must stay aware of these risks and do all that they can to protect their customers, including running background checks and taking any allegations seriously.
If you’re a survivor of massage therapist sexual assault, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.