A Kennewick massage therapist was arrested on suspicion of rape and police are trying to determine if there are other victims who haven't reported the sexual assault.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez Ochoa, 29, was arrested Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with a female client, said Mike Blatman, a Kennewick police spokesman.
The 50-year-old victim said the sexual assault occurred April 18 during a therapeutic massage done by Ochoa at the Columbia Spinal Rehabilitation Center, 1721 W. Kennewick Ave., Blatman said.
Officers took a statement from the victim and an initial statement from Ochoa at the time of the report, then turned the case over to detectives to investigate.
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During the investigation, detectives discovered a similar incident took place in October 2008, Blatman said.
That incident was reported to police at the time and investigated, but no charges were filed.
The investigation into the recent allegations determined Ochoa's actions went further this time than what was alleged in 2008, Blatman told the Herald.
Ochoa was arrested while at work Wednesday and booked at 10:51 a.m. into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree rape.
Columbia Spinal Rehabilitation Center is run by chiropractors Eric Kurtz and J. Ruben Rangel.
Ochoa was employed by Kurtz, Blatman said.
A Herald call to Kurtz was not returned.
Ochoa has had his massage practitioner license since 2007, according to the state Department of Health. No complaints have been filed against Ochoa, spokesman Donn Moyer told the Herald.
Because of the two similar alleged incidents, Kennewick police released Ochoa's picture after his arrest with a request for any women who may have been violated by Ochoa to call the police at 545-4208.
"This type of crime, especially when talking about a sexual assault and when going for a therapeutic massage ... there's some hesitancy at times for people to want to report these types of incidents," Blatman said. "We wanted to make sure we made the public aware of this. If there are any additional instances, we want to follow up on them."
Kennewick teen nabbed in alleged burglary
A 15-year-old Kennewick boy was arrested after reportedly breaking into an RV in the backyard of a Kennewick home.
Officers were called at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after the victim reported he had chased the teen from his home in the 1400 block of West Second Avenue, said Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The victim said he had the teen detained in the 1200 block of West Second Avenue.
When officers arrived, they were told the teen allegedly entered the RV in the victim's backyard, looking for things to steal.
The victim said a neighbor has a video camera mounted on his home that faces toward the RV and captured the teen on video walking around the camper, Lattin said.
The teen was taken to the juvenile detention center on suspicion of burglary.
Investigation continues into Kennewick fire
Kennewick fire investigators still are waiting to determine the cause of a double-wide mobile home fire that burned Monday.
Fire Marshal Mark Yaden said they are trying to find someone with forensic electrical expertise and expected they likely won't go back into the house at 2302 N. Utah St. until next week.
An initial investigation showed some wiring issues in the back bedroom where the blaze started, but Yaden said they need the expert to help determine if the damage to the wiring caused the fire or was damaged by the fire.
Yaden previously told the Herald that all possibilities -- from arson to accidental -- are being considered.
A family of five was living in the home as renters. The owner told the Herald the home recently had been remodeled and a friend was planning to move in once the renters moved out.
Kennewick police on lookout for purse thief
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for help identifying a woman who stole a purse from a shopping cart.
The purse accidentally was left in the cart Monday at WinCo Foods at 4602 W. Clearwater Ave. A picture of the woman, taken from store surveillance video, is available at tricitiescrimestoppers.org, by clicking on the link for unsolved crimes.
Anyone who recognizes the woman is asked to call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; email@example.com