Logan masseur faces new felony abuse charge; already faced 9 similar charges

Freddy Perales. Photo: Cache County

LOGAN, Utah, Aug. 4, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A Logan masseur was charged with a first-degree felony Monday after a female patient reported inappropriate behavior during a massage session.

An officer of the Logan Police Department said in a probable cause statement that he had been investigating multiple reports of sexual abuse by suspect Freddy Perales, age 58,  when a woman left him a voicemail about alleged abuse.

The witness “talked about seeing Perales numerous visits for massages. (She) said that on every occasion, she either had someone with her or Perales’s wife and children were home. On or about January of 2017, (she) went to the residence of Perales in Logan for a scheduled massage.

“Perales told (the witness) to remove her bra, and this was the first time she recalled him asking her to remove the underclothing. Perales, after working on (her) back area, had her roll onto her back. Perales instructed (her) to close her eyes. Perales began massaging the area of (her) stomach.”

The witness told police that Perales then violated her.

She “grabbed Perales’ hand and told him she was not comfortable with what he did to her and got up to leave. Perales apologized and asked (the witness) not to tell anyone.

At the time of arrest, Perales was on bail for nine serious felonies on three prior cases, the statement says. In those, he is charged with two counts of object rape and seven counts of forcible sexual abuse.

Perales is now being held without bail.

“Additional investigations are ongoing, and victims continue to come forward,” the statement says.


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