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January 16, 2007

Massage therapist faces more charges

Roy Melvin James Sr., the Willow Park massage therapist who was arrested for sexual assault in December, was arrested again Thursday on the same charges.

According to the Parker County Web site, James was charged with a second count of sexual assault and released on $30,000 bond within hours.

According to J.C. Ramirez, Willow Park Police investigator, at least a half dozen victims, including male and female, have reported sexual assault allegations against James since December.

“Due to the explicit nature of the cases, and to protect the identity of the victims, we are not able to reveal the details of the ongoing investigations at this time,” Ramirez said.

James was arrested Thursday at his practice, and police authorities said the Texas Department of Health reported James voluntarily surrendered his therapy license.

The first victim reported she was a client of James and was assaulted during a session at his Hands That Heal Therapeutic Massage and Alternate Healing practice located in the 5000 block of East Interstate 20 north service Road in Willow Park.

According to officials, the first victim thought she had been in James’ office for about one hour when the assault took place, though when she looked at the time, she had actually been there for more than five hours.

Due to the ongoing investigation, police officials could not comment on the actual time frame or the results and details of a doctor’s examination, but did confirm reports that the victim could have been drugged.

After James’ first arrest, authorities seized evidence from James’ office, but would not disclose what items were confiscated.

Willow Park Police Chief Claud Arnold said in December that James had previous complaints of a similar nature filed against him.

Authorities added there could possibly be more victims.

Advertisements for James’ practice state he has been in business in Parker County for more than a decade.

James did not return the Democrat’s call for comment.

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