A jury previously acquitted a New Jersey Massage Therapist of sexual crimes allegations … despite this, he has permanently lost his license to do business regardless.

A jury found in favor of Asmar R. Berry, 43, of Trenton and found him not guilty back in 2019 of sex crimes. His attorney maintained that the contact in question was consensual.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck was unmoved by Berry’s acquittal saying, (Berry) “violated his duty as a massage therapist.

“Consent is not a defense” said Bruck.

Bruck added that Berry’s conduct, “constituted gross negligence, malpractice, incompetence and professional misconduct, warranting a permanent revocation of his license to practice massage and bodywork therapy in New Jersey.”

Further, “engaging in sexual contact with clients is a serious violation of professional boundaries and an abuse of client trust that comes with serious consequences,” said Bruck.

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Sean P. Neafsey is the acting director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. He weighed in saying, “the majority of massage therapists conduct themselves professionally and follow strict standards.”

Neafsey also agrees that the state Board should hold this individual accountable for his actions.”

There is a place to turn for anyone who believes that they have been assaulted by a New Jersey licensed massage therapist.

You can file a complaint online with the  Division of Consumer Affairs website or you can call toll free 1-800-242-5846 or 973-504- 6200 to receive a paper complaint form by mail, according to Neafsey.

SOURCES: Acting New Jersey Attorney General & New Jersey Division of Community Affairs.

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