A massage therapist at a Howard County spa has been released on bond after he was arrested last week and charged with touching a female client inappropriately, county police announced Monday.
Gene Coxson, of The Pearl Modern Spa in Fulton, was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense, both misdemeanors, according to police.
Investigators are concerned there may be otherswho have not reported similar incidents, police said.
“It is not unusual to ask other possible victims to come forward when the sex offense allegation involves a role or position that gives the accused access to others who may have encountered him/her in similar circumstances,” Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, said in an email.
Coxson, 27, of Laurel, was arrested the day after Thanksgiving and was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal bond on Nov. 26, according to online court records.
The client reported she was the spa for a massage on Sept. 25 and Coxson “touched her inappropriately during the massage and she told him to stop,” according to police. The client reported the incident to the spa and contacted police.
Coxson has been suspended from employment at Pearl Modern Spa, police said.
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When asked why Coxson’s arrest came two months after the alleged incident, Llewellyn said police took the time that was needed to file appropriate charges. Llewellyn could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
No attorney information was available for Coxson in online court records.
Coxson is due in court Jan. 31, according to records.
This story was updated at 1:45 p.m. with information from police about requests for information.