A former Franklin massage therapist’s license has been suspended after four people said he touched them inappropriately during massages.
Ryan B. Farmer, 24, Franklin, was charged with three counts of battery earlier this summer after three women reported he fondled their breasts during a massage at a Franklin health clinic. Since then, one other client has come forward and made a report to police, according to a news release from the Indiana Attorney General.
This week, the Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy voted to suspend Farmer’s license.
Farmer had been employed at CMG Wellness Center in Franklin, where four women reported he had touched their breasts inappropriately during massages between January and May.
Each of the women reported their massages had been normal until they flipped from their stomach to their back. They said that was when Farmer began fondling their breasts. None of the women said anything at the time because they were unsure if what was happening was inappropriate, according to police reports.
Two women went to Franklin police individually. A third woman called the clinic, who told her to call police. And a fourth woman reported the incident to police after seeing Farmer had been arrested, the report said.
The fourth report, which was filed last month, is under investigation, police said.
The attorney general’s office had filed an emergency petition with the state licensing board to suspend Farmer’s license after he was charged in order to protect the health and safety of the public, the release said.
Farmer’s license will be suspended for 90 days while the attorney general investigates. The attorney general’s office could file its own complaint against Farmer, and the state board could decide to further suspend his license, revoke his license or issue fines, the release said.
With his license suspended, Farmer is not allowed to do massage therapy anywhere in the state, the release said.