SARASOTA, Fla. -- Massage Envy is in hot water nationwide for accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct.
In Sarasota, 44-year-old Ruslan Gruscho faces two counts of battery. One incident was during a massage session at the business at 1279 South Tamiami Trail, according to Sarasota police. In the second, which police say happened in July, Grushco went to a woman's house.
According to a Buzzfeed Investigation, therapists have been accused of sex assault by more than 180 women nationwide.
So, that got us thinking, what standards are licensed massage therapists here in Florida held to? What are some things you can do to protect yourself, no matter where you go to get a massage?
Turns out you have to go through some pretty strict requirements.
That includes being certified by the state – which includes on-the-job training and passing an exam. Then you have to pass a background check. If you have any criminal history more than a minor traffic offense, you won't be licensed in Florida.
All of that information is put in a database which you can look up yourself.
We went to that database and looked up "Russell" Grushco. You can see it shows his license is clear and active -- and this site was updated Monday.
10News will be contacting The Florida Department of Health and find out why there's no indication he's been arrested or charged with anything.
This just proves nothing is fool-proof. If any employer, including Massage Envy, looked up his license they'd see it's active.
Bottom line, you have every right to ask questions and do your own research. Before you book the massage, ask about your therapist's credentials and if you don't get the answers you're looking for, or feel uncomfortable, book somewhere else.
To see Florida’s standards for a licensed massage therapist, click here.
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