Niagara massage therapist charged with sexual assault

Deborah C. Escalante

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Niagara police say a massage therapist is facing additional sexual assault charges after another victim came forward to police.

Todd Bennett, 50, was arrested on Friday and charged with three more counts of sexual assault.

Police say the charges stem from allegations brought forward by a second person.

The victim told police the alleged assaults happened at a registered massage clinic and wellness centre in the area of Dunn St. and Drummond Rd. in Niagara Falls and a registered massage clinic in the area of Merrittville Highway and Decew Rd. in Thorold.

Back in August, police charged Bennett with one count of sexual assault in connection with an alleged incident at the same Niagara Falls massage clinic and wellness center.

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Investigators believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone who has information to contact the Sexual Assault Unit at 905-688-4111, ext. 1009363.

A Niagara massage therapist arrested earlier this year following a sexual assault investigation now faces additional sex-related charges.

Niagara Regional Police on Friday arrested Todd Bennett of St. Catharines. The 49-year-old is charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Police said the second set of charges relate to an investigation into incidents said to have occurred at massage clinics in Niagara Falls and Thorold.

Bennett was initially arrested in July after police received a report of a sexual assault that occurred at a registered massage clinic in Niagara Falls.

At the time of his initial arrest, he worked as a massage practitioner at Niagara Falls Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre on Dunn Street.

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Investigators believe there may be additional complainants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-688-4111 ext.1009363 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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More charges have been laid in a sexual assault investigation tied to a St. Catharines massage therapist who worked at a pair of clinics in Niagara Region, according to police.

Detectives assigned to the case say the suspect is facing three additional counts of sexual assault following complaints from a second person who attended massage therapy sessions at locations in Niagara Falls and Thorold, Ont.

“Incidents involving the second complainant occurred at two locations, a registered massage clinic and wellness centre, located in the area of Dunn Street and Drummond Road, and a registered massage clinic, located in the area of Merrittville Highway and Decew Road,” investigators said in a release on Friday.

The accused, 50, was previously arrested and charged in early August for one count of sexual assault connected to the Niagara Falls location.

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Investigators believe there may be additional complainants and are asking anyone with information to reach out to Niagara Regional Police.

A Niagara police officer, who investigators say was running a home-based massage business, has been charged with five counts of sexual assault.

Niagara police arrested a 50-year-old constable Wednesday. 

Police say he used the identity “Dave Allen” on Facebook. He also operated under the name “Massage by Dave,” and gave massages at his Port Colborne, Ont., home.

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Niagara Regional Police began investigating in December. The officer is a 28-year veteran of the force and has been on administrative leave.

David Kukoly is now suspended with pay. He’s being held pending a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The Special Investigations Unit believes there could be more victims. Anyone who used the massage services of “Dave Allen” should call Staff Sgt. Paul Koscinski at 905-688-4111 ext. 5121.

Chief Bryan MacCulloch issued a statement Wednesday saying there’ll be a “thorough investigation.”

“If that investigation results in charges, I remain committed to the values of transparency to the community that we serve,” he said, “no matter how uncomfortable the outcome may be.”

A 51-year-old massage therapist has been arrested and charged in connection with sexual assaults in Thornhill.

York Regional Police said on March 10 a victim reported that they were assaulted during a session with a registered massage therapist at a rehab and massage therapy clinic on Promenade Circle.

Police said a second victim came forward during the investigation and reported a sexual assault that occurred at the same clinic on March 5.

Officers determined that both incidents involved the same suspect.

On Friday, police said Toronto resident Yu Liu was arrested on March 14 and has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

“York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police,” investigators said in a press release.

Police are asking anyone with information to call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Massage therapist charged with sexual assault in Brampton

By Samantha Lawson

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A massage therapist is charged with sexual assault following an incident that occurred today (July 30) in Brampton.

A 40-year-old woman attended a clinic in the area of Bramalea Rd. and Sandalwood Pkwy. when she alleges a sexual assault took place.

Members of Peel Regional Police’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) later arrested and charged 42-year-old Ujjwal Jain of Brampton with sexual assault.

He will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton in early October.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims involved in this case and the investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Police encourage anyone with information on this or any similar incidents to contact investigators at the SVU at 905-453-2121, extension 3460.

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