Grand Traverse Resort, Loving Hands Massage and Spa in Traverse City, and other Michigan businesses have been affiliated with a massage therapist who has been accused multiple times of sexually assaulting his clients. Jeffry Knapp was arrested Thursday when a warrant was issued due to charges of criminal sexual conduct, 3rd degree.
In January, Knapp went to trial and was acquitted of charges of 3rd and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct related to massages he gave his clients.
Currently, Knapp is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in April of 2018, at Loving Hands Massage and Spa. The woman informed Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies that she had told Knapp to avoid touching her feet and legs. According to reports, when Knapp began massaging her feet, the woman told him to stop. Knapp, however, allegedly continued the massage and informed her that he “may as well finish.” According to the accuser, Knapp digitally penetrated her vagina after making “uncomfortable” and “bizarre” motions on her leg.
Knapp was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2005, and he settled out of court with the accuser to avoid a trial. Knapp has recently been accused of perjuring himself during the above-mentioned trial because he testified that he left a previous job due to a reduced workload, when, in fact, he left because he had been accused of sexual assault.
SEXUAL ASSAULT BY MASSAGE THERAPISTS IS AN EPIDEMIC
Sexual misconduct by massage therapists is an epidemic in Michigan and throughout the U.S. Massage therapists are supposed to behave professionally, avoid touching a woman’s breasts and genitals, and avoid touching any location in which the client says she does not want to be touched. People put themselves in vulnerable positions during massage sessions, and they must be able to trust their masseuses. While the majority of massage therapists are professional, trustworthy people, there are some masseuses who are sexual predators.
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