Massage therapist charged with criminal sexual conduct

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A massage therapist faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in connection with a reported assault during a therapy session.

Grand Rapids police said 54-year-old John Ashby was arraigned Friday in 61st District Court.

Police said the victim is 41, and the incident reportedly occurred Feb. 28 at a spa in Grand Rapids.

Ashby was arrested Thursday at his home. His bond was set at $40,000. An April 7 preliminary examination has been scheduled.

An attorney for Ashby was not listed early Friday in court records.

Police said Ashby is a private contractor and might have worked at other spas in the Grand Rapids area.

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