Massage Envy facing allegations of sexual assault at numerous locations

Posted November 29, 2017

Massage Envy, which has about 1,200 locations across the country, has about 40 spas in North Texas, including four in Fort Worth. There are more than a dozen Massage Envy locations in OR, mostly in the Portland metro area.

Over 100 reported that massage therapists groped their genitals, groped their breasts, or committed other explicit violations, such as the California woman who said she opened her eyes during a prenatal massage to find her massage therapist sucking on her nipple.

The three OR therapists that have been disciplined are Ryan Haynes in Springfield, Benjamin Collura in Portland and Christopher Rosario in Bend.

"A big problem was that we could discipline the therapist and not the businesses making all the money", said Wilkins. The board does not publicly reveal other complaints or ongoing investigations.

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"I said to her, 'Nicole, he stuck his fingers in my vagina less than an hour ago.'"

As Buzzfeed first reported, more than 180 sexual assaults have been reported against the chain.

"It is nearly impossible for me to find the right words to express how violated I felt and scared I was", Tara Woodley says.

"No one ever reached out to me, to ask how I was doing or to see if they could support me after their employees was convicted, so it was was no longer just an alleged assault", Dick said during the "Today" segment. In March 2016, the client was receiving a hot stone massage when Rosario allegedly tried to insert a stone into her rectum.

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NewsChannel 21 contacted those in charge of Bend's Massage Envy. Rosario was originally scheduled to go on trial in January 2017, but that has been delayed and is now scheduled for January 2018.

Massage Envy of Bend is a franchisee of the Massage Envy corporation.

According to her lawsuit, she had fallen asleep on the massage table and awoke when the therapist grabbed her legs, pulled her to the edge of the table, and raped her.

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"Massage Envy needs to stop, needs to protect, needs to apologize...and to do the right thing", Ingram said.

Benjamin Collura was arrested in March 2016 for 11 counts of sex abuse involving six women who he massaged between 2012 and 2015. After leaving the spa, she called the Massage Envy location where it occurred to inform them of what had happened. He was sentenced to two years in jail.

"Even one incident is too many", the statement said.

"We hold franchise owners accountable to our policies and, when we say nothing is more important to us than treating clients with respect and giving them a safe, professional experience, we mean it."

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