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Monroe Police make arrest in massage complaint case
September 21, 2016
This report first ran Sept. 20 2016 in the Chronicle's Breaking News section
(MONROE, WA.) – Monroe Police have made an arrest in a case that was investigated as the result of a complaint made by a woman earlier this year.
In February 2016, the Monroe Police Department conducted an investigation into a sexual assault charge that was made against a massage therapist employed by Wellbeing Center for Health located in Monroe.
"A 41-year-old female client stated that a male massage therapist had touched her inappropriately while conducting a 90 minute massage," according to a Monroe Police statement on Monday. "When contacted, the massage therapist admitted touching the victim, however he claimed it was by accident and explained how his vision was extremely hampered and he was considered legally blind."
The case was forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office for charges. On Monday September 12th, a 38-year-old female client contacted the police department to report that she was inappropriately touched by the same massage therapist while receiving a couple’s massage on September 6th.
The victim further explained she had gone to the owner of the business prior to contacting police. She said the owner had told her that the massage therapist had vision issues and that “she would counsel him again,” according to police who said the business owner went on to explain to the woman there was a previous incident where this therapist had touched a female inappropriately, but it was an accident.
"During the course of the investigation into this second incident, a third female victim, age 49, was discovered who also reported inappropriate touching during a massage by the same massage therapist," said the police statement.
On Thursday September 15 Charles (Chuck) G. Crawford, 68, of Monroe was taken into custody by police and transported to the Snohomish County Jail for booking on Indecent Liberties charges.
Police say if anyone has additional information regarding these incidents, they are encouraged to call 360-794-6300 or they can leave a message on the department’s tip line at 360-863-4600.