Massage therapist arrested for sexual battery

Largo, Florida -- A massage therapist is waking up in jail Tuesday morning after deputies say he crossed the line during his sessions.

A 53-year-old woman says therapist Ronnie Bruinius touched her, sexually, on two different occasions while she was laying on the table.

According to his website, he runs his own business -- Ronnie's Body Work Massage -- inside a spa called Artistic Expressions Day Spa, located just off Seminole Blvd. in Largo, on 104th Ave.

Deputies say the victim came in with a deal she bought from Groupon. She booked a total of five sessions, but her final massage was never finished.

The victim told deputies the first time Bruinius touched her inappropriately, it was quick. She thought it was a mistake, an accident, so she didn't say anything to him.

That was during the third massage.

But when deputies say he touched her again, during massage number five, she ended the session.

Bruinius was arrested Monday night at his business on one count of sexual battery.

Detectives say this could have happened to other women as well. If you're a victim, you can call the Special Victims Unit at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 727-582-6200.

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