A massage therapist accused of fondling a female client on June 27 in Bellingham is facing sanctions from the state agency that oversees his license to practice.
The state Department of Health could revoke, suspend or place Jonathan K. Robbins' license on probation, according to Allison Cook, agency spokeswoman.
During the massage, he allegedly fondled the woman, then warned her to keep what he had done a secret, according to the statement of charges filed by the state Department of Health.
Its Massage Program has charged Robbins with unprofessional conduct. He has until Feb. 20 to respond.
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Robbins, 39, has been charged with second-degree rape in connection with the incident, which occurred while he was employed at Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Bellingham, according to charging documents filed in court.
The trial date is March 28 in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Robbins was fired from that job as soon as the accusations surfaced, spa officials have said.
Robbins did not respond to a request for comment on the advice of his attorney Ziad Youssef, who is representing him on the criminal matter.
"He would like nothing more than to stand up and defend himself," Youssef said, adding that he asked Robbins to make no comment until his office has completed its investigation.
Youssef is not representing Robbins in the matter before the state Department of Health.
Robbins' massage license expired on Sept. 16, but the state is proceeding because "it still falls within the quick renewal period so we always take action during this period to protect the public," Cook said.
Robbins has been licensed since 2004 but has had no prior accusations of misconduct, state health officials have said.