A Grand Rapids massage therapist entered a plea agreement on Monday to third-degree criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a client during a therapy session.
Per the agreement, John Timothy Ashby, 54, will not be tried for additional charges involving three more women who have come forward claiming that Ashby assaulted them at Massage Green Spa in Grand Rapids.
Ashby is the second massage therapist this year to be convicted of inappropriate conduct with clients at Massage Green Spa. In June, Lance Martinez was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual assault after admitting to touching a woman’s breast during a massage session. Just last month, Martinez was sentenced to three months in jail as well as three years of probation.
The massage parlor has since closed and a “for sale” sign can be spotted in the window at the Centerpointe Mall.
Like 60% of the U.S. jail population waiting in detention for the resolution of their trial, Ashby is currently being held in the Kent County Jail until sentencing on September 29. His bond has been set at $300,000.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecutor will recommend a sentence of no more than one year behind bars; though, the judge will have the final say.
In Michigan, third-degree criminal sexual conduct is considered a felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison as well as mandatory sex offender registration. Needless to say, one year in prison would be a very light sentence.
Since fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by Michigan state law with up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $500, it can also be said that Martinez’s plea agreement lets him off easy as well.