Local massage therapist pleads not guilty to taking massages too far

Local massage therapist pleads not guilty to taking massages too far

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A local massage therapist, accused of taking his massages too far, faced a judge Tuesday afternoon.

John Nahle pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition.

Initially only one woman came forward to report being touched inappropriately by Nahle during a massage. But now prosecutors said there are two other victims who are now linked to this case, and are afraid there may be more.

Nahle worked at several salons and massage studios including Ahava Salon, Toledo Yoga and the Massage Envy on Central Avenue.

Detectives said the businesses were in the dark about what their employee was allegedly doing behind closed doors but have been cooperating fully.

Massage Envy employees across the country are being accused of sexual harassment.

Massage Envy CEO Joseph Magnacca released a statement addressing the allegations and highlighting what the company plans to do going forward:

To valued members and guests,

U.S. Marshals said after learning police were investigation him, Nahle went to Canada. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On his way back to the states, he was arrested at the border.

Nahle doesn't have a criminal history but the judge ordered him behind bars for a concern of Nahle being a flight risk.

The American Massage Therapy Association stresses that victims should call the police if they feel they've been assaulted.
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