Massage Therapist Faces Sex Assault Trial

Massage Therapist Faces Sex Assault Trial

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A massage therapist accused of sexual assault will go to trial.

Yesterday, 47-year-old Michael Maness pleaded innocent to three second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual assault and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Springdale police says a tourist reported that she was inappropriately touched while receiving a massage from Maness at the Flanigan's Inn.

Police then set up a sting operation with a female undercover officer and Maness was arrested.

After his arrest, two local women came forward. All the women said during their massage, Maness touched their breasts and genital area.

Maness' trial has not be scheduled yet.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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