A former Massage Envy therapist pleaded guilty to the first-degree sexual assault of 3 women, and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison for his crimes.
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What’s the Problem?
December 15, 2017 – The defendant in the case, Habtamu Gebreselassie of Silver Spring, Maryland, faces many rough days ahead, to say the least. The penalty for his crimes — first-degree sexual assault, attempted first-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual abuse — carry a maximum of up to 5 years in prison. And though he’s only likely to serve about half that, 2 ½ years in prison ain’t nothin’ nice.
To date, Gebreselassie has been linked to at least 4 reports of sexual misconduct at 3 different massage parlors — 2 of which were Massage Envy spas — in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
One woman said Gebreselassie touched her inappropriately at a Massage Envy in Bowie, Maryland, on June 20. She said management offered her a free spa day and told her he had been transferred to a location out of state.
Then a 66-year-old woman came forward with allegations that Gebreselassie assaulted her at a Massage Envy in Tenleytown, Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28.
“I’ve never done this before,” she told police. “I don’t know what got into me.”
Tara Woodley claims that Gebreselassie assaulted her just 3 weeks later. Woodley said she was getting a massage at the Tenleytown spa on September 17 when her masseur removed the sheet covering her pelvis and put his mouth on her genitals.
She said she pulled the sheet back up to cover herself and ordered him to leave.
“We’re done here,” she says she shouted at Gebreselassie repeatedly. “We’re done here.”
On his knees, he begged for forgiveness, Woodley said.
She said she went outside and called her husband. He told her to call 911,which she did and police arrived promptly after that.
Do I Have a Massage Envy Lawsuit?
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