A Calgary massage therapist now faces 18 charges of sexual assault in relation to 17 victims according to a release from Calgary Police Service.
Investigators from the Calgary Police Service Sex Crimes Unit have laid additional charges against Dennis Quebral Baltazar, 44, of Calgary, after ten additional victims came forward to report alleged sexual assaults following a second media release by Calgary Police last month.
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The investigation began on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, when a man reported that he had been sexually assaulted during a massage that occurred in April 2018.
The sexual assault was alleged to have occurred during a massage treatment at the Movement Sports Clinic, located in the 100 block of 9 Avenue S.W.
According to police, as they conducted their investigation, additional victims came forward with similar experiences and, after two media releases in April, the total number of victims is up to 17.
Police say the additional assaults occurred during massage treatments at the Chinook Chiropractic Clinic, located in the 6400 block of MacLeod Trail S.E., and the Movement Sports Clinic, located in the 100 block of 9 Avenue S.W.
All 17 victims are adult men and the alleged assaults span from November 2017 to September 2018.
Baltazar will next appear in court on Thursday, June 13, 2019.
Anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault is encouraged to report it to police. Victims of sexual assault can report it to police by calling 403-266-1234, or 9-1-1 if they are in immediate danger.
There is no time limit on how long a victim has to report a sexual assault in Canada.