180+ sexual assaults reported against spa chain Massage Envy

The popular massage chain Massage Envy is facing allegations of more than 100 sexual assaults at franchise locations according to reports

The company said the incidents "occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages. In some states, only a client can report an incident and some states have no board or mechanism for handling reports of inappropriate conduct".

In Minnesota, KARE 11 found at least one incident where a victim said she was sexually assaulted at a Massage Envy in Edina in September of 2017.

"I was really in a state of shock, disbelief, fear."

She's talking about James Deiter, the former masseuse, now serving 6 and a half years behind bars. "Groped both of my breasts roughly and aggressively". "Put his hands down to the lower part of my body", Ingram said. When arrested, he reportedly admitted that he "needed help" during questioning by police.

The woman said she asked the man to move to another area when he came too close to her vaginal area and that she asked him to stop the massage completely when he began to massage her bare breast.

She was one of three women featured in the "Today" segment claiming similar humiliating experiences at Massage Envy franchise location, after a BuzzFeed report was published this weekend that the chain is dealing with more than 180 cases of sexual assault.

"What stood out to you the most in your reporting?"

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The first allegation detailed in the civil lawsuits was reported in October 2015.

As of November 1, Texas has placed the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in charge of overseeing massage therapy businesses, allowing it to take action against license holders for any sexual misconduct.

"At the very end of the assault, he leaned over and said our little secret, OK?" The company has about 1,200 locations in the U.S.

The company said in a statement released Sunday that every incident was "heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations".

"It should be something that they should train for and have an understanding of how to respond", Ingram said. According to local NBC affiliate WFML, Deiter has since received prison time after pleading guilty to molesting nine women during massages. Citing court records, BuzzFeed said "two of those women had tried to warn the spa about Deiter before Ingram had".

One Sacramento County woman is accusing the owners and a therapist at the Massage Envy franchise on Elk Grove-Florin Road in Elk Grove.

Ingram is suing Massage Envy and taking other steps to make sure spa companies do the right thing.

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