A licensed massage therapist pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations he sexually assaulted a 50-year-old client during a treatment session.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez Ochoa, 29, faces trial Sept. 10 in Benton County Superior Court on one count of second-degree rape.
The Pasco man is out of custody on his personal recognizance. He no longer works for the Columbia Spinal Rehabilitation Center.
Prosecutors allege Ochoa had inappropriate sexual contact with the woman during an April 18 therapeutic massage at the 1721 W. Kennewick Ave. business.
The victim went to Kennewick General Hospital on the same day. Doctors found possible signs of a recent sexual assault during the exam, court documents said.
The woman also gave Kennewick police an item of clothing she said she was wearing that day for evidence, documents said.
Ochoa, when confronted about the allegations, reportedly admitted he gave the victim a medical massage, but denied any inappropriate touching.
Ochoa had worked at the rehabilitation center since at least 2008.
After his May 23 arrest, Kennewick police released information about the alleged sexual abuse to try to determine if there were any other victims. Anyone with information about Ochoa should call Kennewick police at 545-4208.
Pasco man sentenced for pawning stolen rifle
A 50-year-old man who's been told not to possess guns because of his numerous felony convictions was sentenced to four months in jail for pawning a Remington rifle at a Kennewick shop.
Donald Wray Sparks of Pasco can do the time on jail work crew or work release if eligible, a judge said. He must report to the Benton County jail to start doing the time by Wednesday morning.
The sentence was for his guilty plea earlier this month to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Another charge for first-degree trafficking in stolen property was dismissed.
Court documents show that Sparks took a Remington 72 Woodsman 30-06 rifle into a pawn shop Dec. 22 to get some money. At that point, he had six convictions on his criminal record and was last told in 2000 not to own or possess firearms.
The rifle reportedly belonged to his father, who'd reported it missing from his Pasco home. He later told officers his son did not have permission to possess it because he knows he is court-ordered not to be around guns.
When interviewed by Kennewick police, Sparks claimed the rifle was a gift from his father and that he pawned it to get money so he could buy Christmas presents, documents said. Sparks had a key to his parents' residence.
His criminal convictions include attempting to elude police, second-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two forgeries.
Kennewick man accused of threatening a family
A Kennewick man is charged with threatening to stab a family after pulling a folding knife from his pocket.
Juan D. Gomez-Macias, 18, pleaded innocent to felony harassment for the June 15 incident. Trial is scheduled Aug. 13.
According to court documents, the victim was walking to his home when he was approached by Gomez-Macias and another man. The victim "became fearful that the two men were getting ready to assault him," so he got onto his front lawn and told the men they were within range of surveillance cameras and anything they did would be caught on camera, documents said.
The victim's parents and siblings came outside after hearing yelling, and that's when Gomez-Macias allegedly pulled out the knife and made the threats.
Gomez-Macias also told the young man's parents "that he would find their kids some night and put holes in them," court documents said.
When contacted by police, Gomez-Macias admitted to pulling out an unopened knife but denied making any threats, documents said.
Bail for Gomez-Macias was set at $10,000.