Massage therapist charged with criminal sexual assault

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MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — A massage therapist is facing sexual assault and drug charges. Police say he tried to make sexual contact with a female massage client.

Amado Hernandez was arrested last night. Police say a woman called Tuesday and told them she was on the massage table in Hernandez’s house when she was assaulted. Investigators also found muscle relaxers in the area where he worked.

Police don’t know how long Hernandez had been working as a massage therapist, but after they released the information about his arrest, more women started coming forward. One told police she herself was a client who had gone through the same thing, and she also knew two others who shared her experience. Investigators say one of the victims told them Hernandez took pictures of her.

“It’s very unfortunate; it’s very disturbing to have that type of alleged activity take place in the community. Makes people wonder who they can trust,” said Mattoon Police Chief Jason Taylor.

When police served their search warrant, they took Hernandez’s phone, laptop, and other electronics. They also found cameras around the house. While none were found inside the massage parlor area, those cameras were portable and could’ve been moved. Investigators are working on getting search warrants so they can go through all the electronics, including Hernandez’s phone, which they say he was reluctant to give them.

Hernandez was taken to Coles County jail, but has since posted bond. He’s due back in court next Thursday. Police say if you had a similar experience at Hernandez’s home, you should call them.

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