Farmer Jaffe sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has filed yet another lawsuit against a Massage Envy franchise. The latest case accuses massage therapist Kurt Ehlers of sexually assaulting a female client. The lawsuit was filed August 14, 2017 in Lake County, Florida against ME Clermont LLC, the owner of the Massage Envy franchise in Clermont, Florida (Lake County Circuit Court Case No. 2017-CA-001502). The civil Complaint alleges that the battery occurred during a massage on May 18, 2017, at a franchise located at 1500 Oakley Seaver Drive, Suite 15 in Clermont.
According to the lawsuit, during the massage appointment, Ehlers placed his hands under the draping and squeezed and fondled his client’s breasts and began rolling her nipples between his fingers. At another point in the massage, the client heard Ehlers breathing heavy and then felt something soft on the tips of her fingers, which felt like the head of his penis.
Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust. All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be vigilant in screening, supervision and protection at all times.
Farmer Jaffe attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy and other national chains, spas, and hotels. You can reach Adam Horowitz at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 603-8394.