Santa Monica police have arrested a massage therapist for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a Santa Monica business.

Jesse Tovar, 22, a resident of West Los Angeles who is a licensed massage technician, was arrested by detectives April 22 in connection with an incident of unlawful sexual penetration, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

A woman alleged to police April 21 that she had been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at “The Massage Company” located at 201 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Lewis said. The victim alleged that the suspect put his hands down the victim’s underpants during the massage and digitally penetrated the victim against her will, Lewis said.

Following the incident, the woman immediately fled the location and notified police. Detectives located the suspect on the following day and took him into custody, Lewis said. Police said there is a possibility that this crime was not a singular event and are encouraging other victims who may have been assaulted by the suspect to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Duane Hicks at (310) 458-8983, Sgt. Darrick Jacob at (310) 458-8460, or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

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