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Salt Lake massage parlor owner accused of sexually abusing clients

The owner of a massage parlor in Salt Lake City has been arrested for investigation of sexually abusing two women while giving massages, according to police.

The owner of a massage parlor in Salt Lake City has been arrested for investigation of sexually abusing two women while giving massages, according to police. (Spaxiax, Shutterstock)


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SALT LAKE CITY — The owner of a Salt Lake massage parlor has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing two clients.

Liang Zang, 67, who police say went by the name "Kevin," was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of three counts of forcible sexual abuse and object rape.

In May, a woman said she booked a massage at Oriental Massage, 272 E. 900 South, and was told her therapist would be Kevin. When "Kevin" started the massage, he allegedly groped the woman and sexually abused her, according to a police booking affidavit.

"(The woman) said she froze and didn't know what to do," the affidavit states.

As Salt Lake police investigated the incident, they learned that "Kevin," or Zang, was being investigated in two other cases.

In September, another woman reported that she also booked a massage at Oriental Massage and was told by an employee that Kevin would be her masseuse and that "he is one of their best."

But after getting undressed and covering herself with a towel, Kevin entered the room and "a short time into the massage, Kevin removed the towel completely off and aggressively grabbed her," the affidavit alleges. Police noted that the woman "is suffering emotionally and mentally and is still in shock from the sexual assault."

On Wednesday, police went to the massage parlor and requested to speak to Kevin, at which time Zang came out, the affidavit states. "Liang again confirmed he owns the massage parlor and was the only male who worked at the massage location and that he goes by the name Kevin."

Detectives questioned Zang, who denied touching the women inappropriately. He did, however, "acknowledge that he had a prior allegation of inappropriate touching during a massage while going through school," according to the affidavit.

Zang was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail at the end of the interview. Salt Lake police say they believe they have also identified a third victim and that case remained active as of Thursday.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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