SALT LAKE CITY — A massage therapist at a Millcreek spa has been sentenced to jail after admitting he touched three clients inappropriately during multiple visits.
Kevin Rand, 48, of Millcreek, was sentenced Feb. 23 to spend 90 days in the Salt Lake County Jail.
Rand pleaded guilty in January to four counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. He was originally charged with forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony punishable by one to 15 years in prison, and one count of sexual battery.
In plea documents filed in 3rd District Court, Rand admitted that he inappropriately touched three clients on four separate occasions "where he should have known the touching would likely cause affront or harm."
As part of Rand's plea deal, prosecutors asked that Rand be required to complete two years of supervised probation once he has served his jail time. If Rand successfully finishes his probation, he may have his four convictions reduced to class B misdemeanors, court documents indicate.
Rand was a licensed massage therapist working at A New Day Spa, 3975 S. Highland Drive, when the incidents occurred.
According to charging documents, one woman told him "that's too close" when he touched her during the massage, then ended her session.2 comments on this story
Another claimed Rand told her she would have to take off her underclothing for a full body massage, even though she had been allowed to keep them on during prior appointments. Rand then inappropriately touched her during the massage, the charges state.
Rand was certified as a licensed masseuse in 2011, according to records from Utah's Division of Occupational Licensing. At the time of his arrest, the agency listed his license as "limited active … meaning that (he) shall not practice as a massage therapist in any way or manner, until the allegations described above have been resolved."
He has since surrendered his license, which would have expired last month, according to the agency's website.