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Massage therapist charged after alleged sexual assault at Airdrie spa: RCMP

Police have charged the co-owner of the Blossoms Massage and Spa.
Police have charged the co-owner of the Blossoms Massage and Spa. File/Global News

Police have charged a massage therapist after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during a massage treatment in Airdrie.

The investigation began in September after police received a complaint from a woman who had gone to the Blossoms Massage and Spa for a massage treatment, police said in a news release on Friday.

During the treatment, police allege she was touched in a sexual manner.

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Upendra Bhatt, 60, of Calgary, has been charged with sexual assault. He is also the co-owner of the business, police added.

“[The] Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, the association Mr. Bhatt is a member of, have initiated their own investigation and have suspended his membership,” police said.
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Police said Bhatt’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2019, at Airdrie provincial court.