Police investigating alleged sexual assault at clinic in Surrey

Feb 5 2020, 9:55 am

Surrey RCMP is investigating after two alleged sexual assaults at a therapeutic clinic in the city.

According to police, the assaults are both reported to have taken place in January 2020, at the HealthLand Clinic, located at 7128 King George Boulevard in Surrey.

“In both incidents the victims were allegedly sexually assaulted by an employee while receiving massage treatment,” police said in a release. “A suspect, who is described as a 48-year-old Asian man was arrested, and has been released pending further investigation.”

Police said because charges have not yet been laid, they are not making the suspect’s identity public at this time. However, they believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward, and have disclosed the business location to help further the investigation.

Healthland Clinic has two locations in the Lower Mainland, one in Surrey, and the other in New Westminster. Law enforcement believes that the suspect in these assaults has performed massages at both locations.

“Reporting a sexual assault to police can be a very difficult thing to do, as it is a very personal incident,” said Surrey RCMP Const. Richard Wright. “Our investigators take allegations of sexual assault very seriously and work closely with our Victim Services to ensure emotional support is provided throughout the investigation and court processes.”

Anyone with more information – or who may have been a victim of a similar offence at these clinics – is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or New Westminster Police at 604-525-5411.