Massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting client in Penn Twp.

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
James Leonard Smith II

A Penn Township man was arrested after a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted during a massage session, police said.

James Leonard Smith II, 29, of the 600 block of Fulton Street, is charged with a felony, aggravated indecent assault without consent, and a misdemeanor, indecent assault without consent.

Smith was arraigned March 5 before District Judge Richard T. Thomas and is free on a $50,000 bond.

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Penn Township Police said the client was sexually assaulted March 1 during a second scheduled massage session with Smith in a room rented at the Platinum Fitness, located at 1665 Broadway.

The woman said "she was wearing only underwear at the time of the massage" and that Smith touched her inappropriately about 40 minutes into the session, which was from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to charging documents.

She said he kissed her, touched her breasts and genitals, and also made her touch him, according to charging documents.

The woman said she asked him to stop and reported what happened to police the next day. 

A manager at Platinum Fitness didn't respond Thursday to a message seeking comment. 

 A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 15 before District Judge Jeffrey A. Sneeringer.