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November 4th, 2015

South Carolina Massage Therapist Accused of Sex Assault at Massage Envy Franchising LLC Spa

Massage Therapist, Marcus Stevenson, Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Client at Massage Envy Franchising LLC Spa

Columbia, SC law enforcement is looking for a massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting a female client during a massage session at the Massage Envy Franchising LLC Spa located at the Village at Sandhill. The Village at Sandhill is a large commercial shopping center located in the northeast area of Columbia. The conduct is alleged to have occurred in late September 2015.

This isn’t the first time a Massage Envy Franchising LLC spa has been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal. Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania massage therapist was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a client during a massage. The conduct is alleged to have occurred at Massage Envy Franchising LLC spa located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Call for Witnesses and Other Potential Victims to Come Forward

Sexual assault/misconduct by medical professionals is a very serious issue. Oftentimes, perpetrators, such as massage therapists, chiropractors, etc., victimize many individuals. The reality is that by the time a medical professional is caught for having sexually abused patients or clients, it’s highly likely that there are multiple victims.

It’s fairly unusual for a sexual assault perpetrator to assault a patient or client in one isolated incident. Rather, they begin with seemingly innocent behavior, which gradually escalates over time, sometimes over the course of years or even decades. Each time a patient or client remains silent, the perpetrator believes that the behavior is tolerated or acceptable. The perpetrator develops a pattern or practice of behavior. Eventually, the perpetrator grows bolder and commits serious acts of sexual assault, such as rape.

Coming forward and reporting sexually abusive behavior is critical. There are both criminal and civil consequences for sexual assault in professional settings, i.e., a massage studio or spa. Get legal info about medical professional sex abuse and assault cases.

Call Sex Abuse Lawyer & Victims Advocate, Guy D’Andrea

If you have any information about this recent case, please contact our firm and ask to speak to Guy D’Andrea. He is a former prosecutor who now helps victims of sex abuse and assault in the civil courts. He is passionate about helping victims of assault seek justice through the courts.  For more information, contact Guy D’Andrea at 800-220-7600 or email him at GDAndrea@laffeybucci.com.

Source: http://www.thestate.com, Columbia massage therapist accused of sex assault