KC masseur charged with sodomy

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Richard Wall, 48

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City masseur is in jail Friday and faces charges of sodomy.

Richard Wall, 48, is charged in Clay County with second-degree sodomy.

According to the probable cause statement a 32-year-old woman was getting a massage at Massage Heights Oct. 1, 2016 when Wall penetrated her with his hand.

The victim told police Wall was working on her upper thigh area when the incident happened.

According to court documents, the victim jumped up and Wall apologized by saying, “I’m sorry, I’ve never done that before. That was my first time.”

The woman told police Wall directed her to nearby towels show she could clean up before quickly leaving the room.

The victim says she believed this was an intentional act and not an accident.

Just a few days after the reported incident, police spoke with the owner of Massage Heights regarding the allegation and the owner turned over Walls’ personal file.

Police took Wall into custody at his Gladstone home Wednesday, Jan 4.

Bond is set at $25,000 bond. He is due in court Monday, Jan. 9.

Massage Heights Franchising issued the following statement:

We were appalled to hear of the allegations of sexual misconduct of one of our massage therapists. Massage Heights Franchising has a zero tolerance policy against inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct, and upon learning of the allegations the local franchisee immediately terminated the massage therapist’s employment. Franchisees are encouraged to conduct background and reference checks prior to hiring all licensed massage therapists. This employee was licensed by the state of Missouri, which requires thorough criminal background checks of all massage therapists before issuing and renewing licenses. The local franchisee is fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation. Massage Heights Franchising is dedicated to the wellbeing of the thousands of members and guests our franchisees serve, and these policies are designed to create a safe and secure environment in each and every retreat.