Adnan Al-Rassi, a 41-year-old massage therapist (in French “masseus”) from Bedford, was confronting a subsequent charge related to sexual assault. The incident allegedly occurred during a massage session in spring. Notably, this isn’t the first allegation against Al-Rassi. He was previously indicted for an incident that transpired last November.
Association with Eden Massage Therapy
Al-Rassi is associated with Eden Massage Therapy, an establishment operating from a residential location in Bedford. The latest complaint surfaced when a woman alleged that she was improperly touched during her massage at this home-based business in May.
Second Woman’s Claims Lead to Further Investigation
The complainant relayed her experience to the authorities. Const. Brian Palmeter clarified, “She reported being inappropriately touched at the massage center, which our assessment determined was of a sexual nature. Following our investigations, we’ve initiated additional charges.” Palmeter also highlighted a prior allegation wherein Al-Rassi was said to have acted indecently in front of a female client during a massage session.
Potential Risks and a Call for Other Victims
Considering the gravity of the accusations, Palmeter voiced concerns about safety risks, urging any other potential victims to come forward. He stated, “Seeing these allegations might empower others to speak out if they’ve faced similar experiences.”
Regulation Concerns in Nova Scotia
Interestingly, the practice of massage therapy remains unregulated in Nova Scotia. However, The Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) commented on the situation. Donna Noddin, a representative of MTANS, conveyed, “While MTANS has a complaint mechanism in place, no complaints have been received from the public currently.” She further clarified that the association lacks governmental authorization for self-regulation, implying its limitations. “The maximum action MTANS can take is to expel the accused member, but we cannot restrict their professional practice,” Noddin added.