Scott Lloyd Price, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida massage therapist, was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of performing fellatio on a sleeping client, news sources report. Price, 55, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of sexual battery. A judge ordered that be he held in lieu of $5,000 bail bond. Reports did not specify whether Price has hired a defense attorney.
According to reports, Price works as a massage therapist for the Center for Wellness on North Ocean Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. So far, the center has remained mum regarding the allegations against Price. It is not yet known how the charges have affected Price’s position at the center.
On November 11, the victim came to the Center for Wellness for a massage, reports say. Price and the victim went to a room, where the victim reportedly laid on a massage table. The victim fell asleep and awoke sometime later to Price performing fellatio on him, sources indicate. The victim rolled onto his stomach and Price exited the room, reports say.
The victim purportedly went to police, reported the incident, and was taken to a sexual assault treatment clinic. Doctors extracted a DNA sample from the victim and discovered it came from another male. During a later investigation, detectives were able to attain a DNA sample from Price, reports say. Upon comparison, detectives learned that the DNA sample taken from the victim matched Price’s DNA, sources say.
Price was not the only Florida masseuse arrested for sexually assaulting a client this past month. Michael Ster, an Oakland Park, Florida massage therapist, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a client during a massage, reports say. Ster, 32, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of sexual battery and one count of misdemeanor battery. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Sources say Ster works for a Massage Envy store located on University Drive in Coral Springs. The spa has not released a statement regarding the allegations against Ster; it is unclear how the charges have affected his role with the business. Police reportedly said they are conducting an investigation to determine whether there are any additional victims.
According to reports, the incident occurred as Ster was massaging the victim at Massage Envy. At some point during the massage, Ster allegedly fondled the victim’s breasts. Ster proceeded to get up on the table, touch the victim’s groin, and perform an unspecified sex act upon her, sources say.
The victim tried to push Ster’s head away from her, reports say. Ster stopped the assault for a moment but then allegedly continued. Ster finally ceased the alleged assault when the victim pushed him a second time, sources indicate.
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), there are more than 200,000 reports of sexual assault in the U.S. every year. RAINN states 80% of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 30. The center also says that 54% of all sexual assaults go unreported.