By Ryan Yousefi
A Coral Springs acupuncturist was arrested and charged with sexual battery after a teenage patient complained he improperly touched her during treatment.
According to the report, Coral Springs Police became aware of the assault after the victim told her parents she had received a “tantric massage” that she did not consent to from Sergio Garcia, 45.
The sexual assault occurred on April 24, at the SAGA of Coral Springs located at 10718 Wiles Road during what was supposed to be an acupuncture session. The victims’ parents were also patients of Garcia and brought the teen into his office for treatment.
An investigation revealed the victim wrote on her intake form that the reason for her visit was to quit smoking and other issues. She came to Garcia for treatment in an attempt to cease her smoking habit and balance her lifestyle for the better.
Once the patient was on the acupuncture table, Garcia offered a “tantric massage” that included penetration of the victims’ vagina and the massaging of her breasts under her shirt. The victim told police that Garcia told her the insertion of his fingers into her vagina was in an attempt to “detect a blockage,” on the pelvic floor that may be causing her an imbalance.
While assaulting the victim, Garcia reportedly told her she “was cute,” because of “how shy she was.” He also proceeded to kiss her on the forehead.
After the assault, the victim asked Garcia if he had ever done this same treatment on her mother, to which he said he had not, but that “everything that happens in this room stays between them.” He also claimed he had never performed this sort of massage before, having only learned the techniques the weekend prior.
While conducting their investigation, CSPD became aware of a second incident in which Garcia allegedly assaulted a second teenage victim in late May. Further investigation into the actions of Garcia at SAGA is ongoing.
Following a short conversation with Garcia at his office, he was charged with sexual battery on a child over 12-years-old, and placed under arrest where he was later transferred to the Broward County jail.
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