NORTH READING, MASS. (WHDH) - Police are searching for anyone who may have been victimized at a North Reading wellness center after a licensed massage therapist sexually assaulted a client on Monday, authorities said.
Daniel Feener, 35, of Peabody, was ordered held without bail on rape and indecent assault and battery charges Tuesday pending a dangerousness hearing in Woburn District Court on Friday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and North Reading Chief of Police Michael Murphy announced in a joint statement.
Prosecutors allege Feener inappropriately touched a woman who was seeking a massage that focused on her shoulders and back at Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center on Monday.
He also allegedly assaulted her before placing her hand on himself.
Authorities say due to the nature of the assault, they believe other people may have been victimized by Feener.
A woman who answered the door at the wellness center on Thursday says they are still open, but wouldn’t provide further comment.
Feener is described as a white man, standing about 6 feet tall with brown hair.
He completed massage school in 2018 and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, Ryan and Murphy said.
Feener worked at the wellness center for several months as a per diem employee.
The wellness center wrote in a statement, “The safety, care, and comfort of our clients is at the core of our business. We were shocked to learn of the arrest of one of our therapists.”
Paul White, a potential client of the wellness center, says he can’t believe it.
“I don’t like that at all,” Smith said. “You’re prone once you get in there to the people that run it, it’s tough, you just never know.”
It is not known if Feener worked in any other massage or wellness centers.
Anyone who may have been a client of Feener’s and believes he exhibited inappropriate or indecent behavior is asked to call North Reading police at 978-357-5067.
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