Two unrelated incidents of alleged sexual assault at local massage parlors have resulted in Salt Lake police arresting two people.
Robert Barela, 27, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday for investigation of first-degree felony rape and two counts of forcible sex abuse, a third-degree felony. Investigators say Barela raped a client at Massage Envy, 655 E. 400 South, on Feb. 4.
Also Wednesday, Robert Levar Jones was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of forcible sodomy and forcible sexual abuse. He was being held Wednesday on no bail.
In September, a woman was getting a massage at Matrix Massage, 533 S. 700 East. During her massage, Jones massaged her genitals with his hand and committed a sex act, according to a booking report from the Salt Lake County Jail.
"The victim told him to stop. He told her that he did that to help her relax," according to the jail report.
The woman reported the incident to police after leaving the business. DNA testing confirmed a match between the suspect and victim, the report stated. Once the forensics tests were completed, the arrest was made, said Salt Lake police detective Jeff Bedard.
The Matrix declined comment Wednesday, saying the manager was on a trip out of the country.
"Massage Envy is fully participating with the investigation," a manager said, declining to give his name. "We'll continue to help the Salt Lake Police Department with any other information they need. Other than that, we have no comment."
Investigators are concerned this isn't the first time these men attacked female clients.
"This behavior is so alarming. It's possible this action has happened before," Bedard said.Anyone who feels they were victimized by the employees at either business can call police at 799-3000.
Contributing: Aaron Falk E-mail: [email protected]
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