Massage therapist loses license after sexual battery arrest

Rayniel Hernandez accused of inappropriately touching women

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

Rayniel Hernandez had his massage therapist license restricted by the Florida Department of Health after he was arrested and accused of inappropriate behavior involving two clients.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - A South Florida massage therapist has lost his license after he was accused of inappropriately touching two clients.

Rayniel Hernandez recently had his license restricted by the Florida Department of Health.

According to an emergency restriction of license order, Hernandez is accused of two incidents at MassageLuXe in Coral Springs -- one Jan. 22 involving a 29-year-old woman and another Feb. 4 involving a 23-year-old woman.

In the first incident, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip wrote that Hernandez removed the sheet that was over the woman and moved her legs apart. The woman paid for the massage and then canceled her membership.

Hernandez was arrested on a sexual battery charge in connection with the second incident.

Philip wrote that Hernandez kissed and fondled the woman while she was on the massage table. The woman left the massage parlor, called the manager and then called police.

During an interview with police, Hernandez admitted to fondling the woman, kissing her, masturbating and ejaculating on her, Philip wrote in the report.

Because clients of massage therapists are placed in "isolated, vulnerable settings," massage therapists "must possess good judgment and good moral character," Philip wrote.

The report went on to say that Hernandez's admitted sexual assault of a client after a similar incident of sexual misconduct 13 days earlier "indicates an escalation in Mr. Hernandez's deviant actions and demonstrates that he poses a significant danger to female patients."

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