Masseur charged with sex assault, banned from practicing

Aug 21 2019, 6:59 pm

A Vancouver masseur has been charged with sexual assault and prohibited from giving massages or physical therapy treatments to the public.

According to the Vancouver Police Department, the investigation began after a woman in her 30s reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a masseur who came to her downtown Vancouver apartment for an appointment.

Police identified Alexander Varfolomeev, 33, as a suspect, and he was arrested on August 20 for the alleged offence.

Officials say Varfolomeev was self-employed and used an internet app called Soothe to book clients. He would visit his clients’ homes to provide massage services.

Varfolomeev was released on bail after his arrest yesterday. He received a court order prohibiting him from providing massage or physical therapy to the public.

The VPD encourages anyone who has been the victim of a crime, or who has information about a crime, to call police so they can start an investigation.

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