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Largo massage therapist accused of fondling client faces another charge

LARGO — A massage therapist accused of inappropriately touching a client last year faces an additional sexual battery charge, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Ronald Bruinius, 36, is now accused of fondling a 28-year-old woman last February. The woman had purchased a "Groupon" online deal for Bruinius' massage business, Ronnie's Body Work Massage, near Largo. During a session, he inappropriately touched her, the Sheriff's Office said. In December, deputies arrested Bruinius on a sexual battery charge when a 53-year-old woman who also purchased a "Groupon" for massage sessions with Bruinius told authorities he had fondled her, the Sheriff's Office said.

Bruinius has also been investigated by Clearwater police. In one case, a client reported Bruinius groped her during a massage, but prosecutors declined to file charges. In another, he was accused of abusing a severely disabled man, but the victim did not want to prosecute, records show.

Bruinius remained at the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $80,000 bail.

Largo massage therapist accused of fondling client faces another charge 02/04/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 11:56pm]
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