The Civil Guard discovers seven new victims of the Las Merindades osteopath
The number of women who have reported intimate touching during massage sessions is twelve; two of them have reported carnal access
The investigations uncover a crime of professional intrusion that has led the Professional College of Physiotherapists of Castilla y León to appear as a popular accusation in the case
Investigators insist that more victims may appear and encourage them to report
The investigation carried out by the Civil Guard, within the framework of the NAMASTÉ operation, has so far allowed the location of seven new victims, all of them women who suffered the alleged sexual abuse carried out by the osteopath detained in Las Merindades (Burgos ) and that has raised the number of declared cases to twelve.
The events became known last February, as a result of the complaint of the first victim who reported intimate touching during a massage session arranged with the alleged perpetrator, a practice with which it would supposedly alleviate certain ailments suffered by the woman.
The investigation uncovered four more cases. The osteopath's office / home was registered and valuable documentation was intervened to culminate in his arrest and subsequent admission to preventive detention and without bail, a situation in which he continues to this day.
New impulse to research
The investigation, which is still ongoing, has clarified the professional offer of the masseur, focused on his office and as an instructor of yoga workshops in multiple municipalities in northern Burgos and the Campóo-Los Valles region in Cantabria, where he collected potential patients for develop more private techniques.
Seven new victims have been discovered; some events date back to the end of 2016, and are repeated in 2017, 2018 and 2019; all claim to have suffered sexual abuse due to intimate touching, of a similar nature, without their consent. Two of these women report episodes of carnal access during the sessions.
If the age of the first complainants residing in Barcelona, Vizcaya and Burgos varied between 46 and 59 years, now the ratio is widening and ranges between 31 and 63, and they come from Castellón, Soria and again Vizcaya.
Charged for a crime of professional intrusion
The analysis of the documentation intervened on the detainee has determined that, although he could lawfully perform relaxing massages – he certifies by means of certificates having taken osteopathy courses -, on the contrary, he cannot practice physiotherapy, as he lacks an official degree.
For this reason, he is charged with a crime of professional intrusion, by announcing himself as a "specialist in body therapies, quiromassage and therapeutic massages" and offering to alleviate the patient's suffering with certain ailments or health problems with massages and other manual techniques.
The clarification of this crime and its accusation have meant that the Professional Association of Physiotherapists of Castilla y León is presented as a popular accusation in the case.
For more information, you can contact the OPC of Burgos on the phones 947-244853, 947-244664 and mobile phones 639-300526, 669-872112.