Warning: Contains sexually explicit language and graphic content that show the range of allegations made against massage therapists.
The Arizona Republic built a database of massage therapists accused of sexual misconduct by looking at complaints filed against licensed massage therapists with the state licensing board since 2014. The Republic also consulted criminal records, civil court cases and police reports where applicable to the licensing cases.
The complaints range from allegations that therapists exposed their clients’ breasts or buttocks to accusations of fondling, groping, digital penetration and rape.
Many of the complaints were disputed.
Some therapists were disciplined by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy, the state agency that regulates and licenses massage therapists. Others received advisory letters, which are nondisciplinary but considered a warning. The database does not include therapists who had complaints made against them if the board ultimately dismissed the allegations and did not take disciplinary action or issue an advisory letter.
The database was current as of Aug. 20, 2021. Questions about the database? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org