Friday, June 6, 2008

Ferndale, MI massage therapist pleads no contest to offensive touching

A massage therapist who used to work at Truth Rejuvenating Center Spa Salon on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield has plead no contest to 3 counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct after he groped women he was supposed to massage. George Krautner, 30, of Ferndale, originally faced 10 counts, including 3rd degree CSC, punishble by up to 15 years in prison.

The first case was reported to West Bloomfield police last July 23 by a 24-year-old township woman, who said she was groped during a visit to the salon that day. Two days later, the victim's mother reported that she experienced a similar situation with the suspect at the spa.
At least six women told police Krautner touched them inappropriately during massages at the spa.

The plea aggrement calls for six months in jail (the maximum sentence for misdemeanors in Michigan is 2 years), and Oakland Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick is expected to order that sentence, as well as a year of electronic monitoring when Krautner is formally sentenced on July 16.

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