Bradenton police searching for potential victims of massage therapist

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 28, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Police are searching for potential victims in the case of a massage therapist accused of inappropriately touching one of his clients.

Last week Bradenton police arrested Kevin J. Holmes, 61, a licensed massage therapist at Muscle Eze, 2606 Manatee Ave. W., after receiving a report that he had inappropriately touched a client without her consent during a massage session.

The victim was a Manatee County Sheriff's deputy.

"It bothered her so much that she didn't do anything, being a law enforcement officer," Bradenton police detective Kevin Bunch said. "You can tell she was a real victim of this."

Holmes was reportedly aware that the victim was a law enforcement officer, he said. If knowing that was not a deterrent, police now feel there are likely more victims out there who have not come forward.

The deputy had gone into Muscle Eze alone after having the facility recommended to her by family, he said.

"She said they were real nice," Bunch said. "On the form he saw where she filled out occupation, and he mentioned other people that she knew that went there."

During the detective's interview of the suspect, further information led them to believe there may be more victims.

"He said about other clients, their massage is not complete unless he does that, meaning massaging her breasts," he said.

After he started to become truthful, Bunch said he pressed Holmes for more information.

"He said he did it to make her feel good because her muscles were sore," Bunch said.

The massage took place March 16, and the deputy

reported it two days later. On March 20, Holmes was arrested.

Homes was released from jail on a $500 bond and is charged with one misdemeanor count of battery.

Police have also notified the health department, which regulates licenses of massage therapists.

Holmes' license is listed as active and as never having had any complaints, according to the Florida Department of Health website.

Anyone with any information or who feels they may have been a victim should call Detective Bunch at 941-932-9380.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement report, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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