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Local Massage Business Settles Lawsuit From Woman Who Was Improperly Touched

A former masseur pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a criminal case tied to the 2008 incident.

Heavenly Massage has settled its part of a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused a former masseur at the Geneva location of improperly touching her, according to court records.

Heavenly Massage recently agreed to pay $22,500 to Kristi Schwochow in connection to her 2010 suit, while the case remains ongoing against the massage therapist, Michael Tovrea, records state.

Schwochow alleges Tovrea exposed himself and touched her in an uncomfortable manner during a 2008 visit to Heavenly Massage's site in Geneva. Tovrea pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a criminal case tied to the incident.

In the lawsuit, Schwochow also charged that Heavenly Massage failed to properly screen male massage therapists, according to the suit filed nearly two years ago.

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John Hankes October 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM
A masseuse is a female massage therapist. The subject of your story would be properly called a masseur.
Charles Menchaca October 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
John, thanks for pointing this out. The appropriate references have been changed to masseur.

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