Palmetto Bay massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting patient

PALMETTO BAY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police arrested a Palmetto Bay massage therapist Tuesday after a patient alleged he sexually assaulted her during a massage in September.

Piter Mayorga, 57, founded My Massage Haven in 2002, according to its website, and was working out of its location at 13817 S. Dixie Highway when police said the assault took place on Sept. 12 — they said the victim reported it to authorities soon after.

On its website, My Massage Haven, which has five locations in Miami-Dade, promises patients a “safe, secure, comfortable and serene environment,” but authorities accuse Mayorga of breaking that promise.

Mayorga, whose first name is also listed as “Peter” in state documents and court records, was the subject of an Oct. 21 emergency order (read below) by the Florida Department of Health restricting his massage therapy license following the assault allegations.

The patient, a 54-year-old woman, alleged that Mayorga performed various sex acts on her against her will during the massage.

According to state documents, the woman told authorities that Mayorga told her “shh” when she made a noise as he performed oral sex on her.

The patient told authorities that she was “froze(n) and in shock,” the administrative documents state.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, Mayorga denied the allegations and provided a DNA sample.

The laboratory analysis of that sample was redacted from the report, however, Mayorga was summoned to detectives’ offices in Doral Tuesday, where police arrested him.

They said he continued to deny the allegations.

Mayorga, who was charged with sexual battery, had been a licensed massage therapist since 2004, records show. He resides in the Olympia Heights area of southwest Miami-Dade, according to the police report.

He had been held on a $7,500 bond.

Mayorga wasn’t at his home or place of business when Local 10 News stopped by to see if he had any comment.

An attorney representing the accuser said the woman is considering filing a civil complaint. She did not wish to comment on the arrest Wednesday.

Read the emergency order (contains graphic details):

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