Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Five years for massage therapist who admits sexual battery of clients

A massage therapist accused of sexual battery on two clients has been sentenced to five years in prison, followed by five years of probation.

Ronald D. Bruinius, 36, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of sexual battery and will be designated as a sex offender, said Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Doug Ellis. Bruinius also gave up his massage therapy license.

Bruinius was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in December after a 53-year-old client said he touched her sexually during a massage at his Largo-area business, Ronnie's Body Work Massage. He later was accused of similar behavior on a 28-year-old client.

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