Massage therapist’s license suspended for sexual misconduct

June 13, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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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.

According to court documents, Usher, 30, last lived in Maple Valley, and had worked at the Newcastle Massage Envy for six years.

The incident occurred in December 2012, and immediately after it happened, the owners told Usher that he “did not have a job there anymore,” according to court documents.

It was reportedly the second 90-minute massage that the patient had with Usher. The first one was described as “normal,” according to court documents.

Legal documents are available by clicking the link to “Look up a healthcare provider license” on the Department of Health website or by calling 360-236-4700.

The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers.

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