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Massage Therapist Arrested

Stacie Bartro
October 16, 2019 - 9:02 am

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A former Greenville Massage Therapist faces more charges after five additional women come forward reporting inappropriate touch.

City of Greenville

Official Release from the City of Greenville Police:

(GREENVILLE)- On September 20, 2019, the GPD announced the arrest of a massage therapist for  inappropriately  touching  female  customers  on  three  separate  occasions  at  Trade  Street  Massage located at 210 W. Stone Avenue in Greenville.

Those visits occurred between December 2018 and June of 2019.Since that announcement and the subsequent media coverage, five additional women have come forward to report that 70-year-old Anthony “Tony” Joseph Ruggiero provided services that involved inappropriate contact on them, too. 

The victims told investigators they purchased a discounted massage from a popular online discount site. 

Each  woman  described  various  types  of  inappropriate  contact  by  Ruggiero  during  their  massage session.

Their visits occurred between 2011 and June 2019.On  October  15th,  GPD  detectives  arrested  Ruggiero  and  charged  him  with  five  new  counts of Assault and Battery, 2nd Degree.

Last month, he was originally charged with three counts of Assault and Battery, 2nd Degree.At this time, Ruggiero remains in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond ($5,000 per charge).

GPD  investigators  have  notified  the  South  Carolina Department  of  Labor,  Licensing,  and  Regulation (SCLLR) as well as the City of Greenville Revenue and Business License Division of these charges.



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