NEW YORK — A massage therapist allegedly sexually abused a client in a Manhattan strip club, a lawyer said Monday, raising fresh questions about whether his actions violated the laws against predatory sex.
The attorney representing David L. Williams, 45, said Williams had admitted to a felony count of sexual assault and is being held on $250,000 bail.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Williams’ lawyer, John J. O’Donnell, called the allegations “completely unfounded” and said his client had always been “a committed member of the community” and has been “an exemplary father to two young daughters.”
Williams’ arrest and detention were the latest development in the ongoing sex-trafficking case involving three former massage parlors in Brooklyn and Queens.
In the Brooklyn case, Williams allegedly raped a man and then assaulted another man at a Manhattan massage parlance in 2014.
He was arrested the following year and pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
The Queens case is ongoing.
The lawsuit claims that Williams “initiated and encouraged the victim to engage in sexual acts” with him in 2016, the year before the New York case was filed.
The man had been a client of the same massage parlcion for about four years, the lawsuit said.
Williams was a massage therapist with a private practice in Manhattan and the Queens strip clubs.
The New York Times reported that the woman who had accused Williams of sexual misconduct said in a statement that the case was based on an allegation by a former client, who was also in the massage parltion at the time.
The woman did not identify the client, but said she was in her late 30s.
The lawyer for the woman, Lisa L. Schaffer, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday.