On August 30, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Sandro Moliere, who had last been working at Hand & Stone Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Order prohibits Moliere from performing massage therapy on female client. In the Order, Moliere is accused of making unwanted sexual contact with two female clients at Hand & Stone. The Department of Health asserts that Moliere therefore represent an “immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public.” According to Department of Health records, Sandro Moliere has been licensed as a massage therapist since October 2017.
At Hand & Stone in Fort Lauderdale, Moliere is reported on June 18, 2018 to have removed the underwear of a female client and then removed the draping covering his client’s breasts without her client’s consent. He then allegedly massaged her breasts in a circular motion. Moliere’s employment at Hand & Stone was terminated on June 22, 2018 on account of this incident. Thereafter, on July 15, 2018, another female client reported to Hand & Stone that Moliere massaged her breasts without her consent.
Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character
in order to safely practice massage therapy. Sadly, we see far too many cases in which massage therapists fail to exercise good judgment and betray the trust they are given.
Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa locations. A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone Spa or any other spa location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm for a free consultation at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected]