Bellingham massage therapist charged with sexually touching female client

BELLINGHAM - A former massage therapist at Chrysalis Inn & Spa was charged Wednesday, Aug. 18, with sexually touching a female client in June.

Jonathan K. Robbins, 38, faces a second-degree rape charge in Whatcom County Superior Court for unwanted sexual contact that occurred while he was giving the woman a massage at the spa on June 27, according to charging documents filed in court.

Robbins has been fired, said Sandi Robb, general manager of the Chrysalis spa. She did not say how long he had worked there.

"As soon as it was brought to light, he was immediately terminated," Robb said. "We're just deeply saddened by this, and it does not reflect in any way the high standards of our spa or hotel."

Robbins' attorney, Ziad Youssef, did not return a call for comment Friday afternoon.

The state Department of Health is investigating two complaints against Robbins, who is a licensed massage therapist. Both stem from the June 27 incident, said department spokesman Gordon MacCracken.

Pending the investigation's outcome, the state may suspend or revoke Robbins' license, he said.

Robbins has been licensed since 2004 but has had no prior accusations of misconduct, MacCracken said.

The woman had never met Robbins before the massage, according to charging documents. The sexual contact lasted for several seconds, according to court files.

Afterward, Robbins resumed massaging the woman's neck and asked her to keep his actions secret so he would not lose his job, the documents say.

The woman reported the incident to police almost immediately, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Anna Gigliotti, who filed charges in the case. Robbins was arrested Aug. 12.

He admitted to the acts when interviewed by detectives, according to the documents.