Roseville Massage Therapist Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

Roseville Massage Therapist Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct Photo: Courtesy Ramsey County

December 06, 2017 04:34 PM

A Roseville massage therapist faces charges after he allegedly touched a client inappropriately, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint states 58-year-old Gary Lee Sarppo faces one charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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On Sept. 23, a regular client went to Sarppo's office for an appointment. During the massage, Sarppo instructed her to turn over. When the woman turned over, Sarppo digitally penetrated her, according to the complaint.

At that point, the woman sat up and Sarppo asked her if she wanted him to stop, to which the woman responded with a nod. The woman told police that Sarppo acted like nothing happened, and even whispered in her ear, "What happens in this room stays in this room."

When the massage was over, Sarppo told the woman he would apply a gift certificate to the session. When the woman said she didn't have a certificate, Sarppo said, "I know, I will take care of it."

The woman then confronted Sarppo about the incident, according to the complaint. Sarppo allegedly told the woman he was stressed and had a lot going on in his life.

Sarppo later admitted to police that he touched the woman during the massage, but denied penetrating her. He told officers there was a "possibility that there was misconduct, no a misunderstanding." Sarppo said the misunderstanding was flirting and had to do with body language.

If found guilty, Sarppo could face up to 15 years in prison.

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