Massage therapist’s license suspended for sexual misconduct

June 13, 2013

NEW — 2:50 p.m. June 13, 2013

State health officials have suspended the license of Newcastle massage therapist Matthew E. Usher, according to a June 12 Washington State Department of Health release.

A charge of sexual misconduct with a patient at Newcastle’s Massage Envy led the state agency to immediately suspend his license.

Usher cannot practice massage in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing.

Usher was criminally charged in King County Superior Court with indecent liberties, after he allegedly reached under the draping and touched a patient’s breast during a massage treatment.

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High schools honor class of 2013 today

June 13, 2013

NEW — 8:30 a.m. June 13, 2013

By Greg Farrar Alexis McGinnis sings the National Anthem as the Safeco Field scoreboard welcomes the Liberty High School Class of 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Alexis McGinnis sings the National Anthem as the Safeco Field scoreboard welcomes the Liberty High School Class of 2012.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2013 with the annual commencement ceremonies. Read more