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article image'Massage therapy student' arrested for sexual assault in Hamilton

By Salim Jiwa     Nov 5, 2009 in Crime
Police think there are more possible victims after a man claiming to be massage therapy student approached women offering a massage to complete his school volunteer hours. In one instance, he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman who believed him.
HAMILTON, ON - Police are looking for more possible victims of a bogus 'student' massage therapist who told women he needed volunteer hours to complete his college course.
He allegedly told them he would offer a free massage in order to complete the requirements of his school.
One woman who took him up on the offer ended up sexually assaulted. The latest police press release does indeed suggest more women got rubbed the wrong way.
Police warned the public of a "possible predator who is operating in the central east area of the city."
"The male suspect is posing as a 'massage therapy' college student. He is approaching women stating that he is looking for clients to complete his program's required volunteer hours," police said in a press release.
"In one incident, the victim was sexually assaulted by the suspect during the massage session," said police.
"The suspect is using the false identity as a massage therapy college student to lure victims," police added.
Police now say that as a result of the public warning, patrol officer arrested a 27-year-old Nova Scotia man and have charged him with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of breach of probation.
Police suggest in a press release they have uncovered more victims of the "massage therapist."
"The Hamilton Police are anticipating laying additional charges in the near future," said the statement.Just how many women got taken is not clear.
Police identified the accused as Michael James Fells who also used the aliases "Tyrone" and "Matthew."
Fells has been in the Hamilton area since August 28 and "there may be more victims."
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