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7-24-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masseur gets prison
for illegal touching

A male massage therapist was sentenced to prison last week for inappropriately touching female customers after pleading guilty to felony sexual assault and two counts of sexual misconduct.

Justin D. Leonard, 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced to five years in prison subject to the provisions of the Sexual Offender Assessment Unit. If Leonard successfully completes a 120-day sexual risk assessment, the judge can release Leonard and place him on probation for up to five years.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, “This defendant took advantage of unsuspecting female clients. He attempted to take sexual liberties with them during what they believed would be professional massages. While he did not inflict physical injury to these women, he undoubtedly caused them great emotional distress.”

According to Zahnd, several reports of sexual touching were made by customers against Leonard during his employment as a masseuse at two Northland locations, Beauty Brands, near I-29 and Barry Road, and Allure Salon and Day Spa on North Congress. The customers also reported Leonard making inappropriate comments during their massage.

The massages took place between February and May 2008.

Leonard currently has pending charges for two counts of deviate sexual assault in Jackson County arising out of similar incidents with massage clients. Sentencing in that case is scheduled for July 22.

Zahnd said, “Many of this defendant’s victims were so shocked and embarrassed by what happened, they did not immediately report his illegal conduct. We encourage anyone who has been the victim of unlawful sexual contact to report the crime to police as soon as possible.”

The case was investigated by the Kansas City Police Department. It was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gibson.

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