Mt. Pleasant massage therapist facing criminal sexual misconduct charge

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a customer's complaint about a massage has led to a criminal charge against a Mount Pleasant massage therapist.

Nicholas Coyle, 27, has been charged with criminal sexual misconduct after he allegedly took a massage beyond the comfort level of the victim.

The incident allegedly occurred on Dec. 15 at the Mount Pleasant Massage Envy, an incident report states.

Massage Envy, LLC, issued a statement about the incident:

"We are saddened and deeply disturbed by this report. This therapist is no longer employed by the franchisee, and the franchisee will cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation of the incident. Safety in the treatment room has been – and always will be – paramount, and we believe our recently announced Commitment to Safety  defines a clear path forward that will create meaningful change to ensure the safety and well-being of members and guests." 

The incident report states the victim told police that Coyle was placing his hand too high up on the thigh area. The victim said Coyle began to do it again after he was told by the victim that it made them feel uneasy.  He allegedly then stretched one of the victim's legs to the outside and put his head in the genital region, according to the incident report.

When the victim looked up to see what Coyle was doing, the person told police they were in shock and Coyle told the victim, "Your session is done," according to the incident report.

The victim proceeded to pay and leave a tip as normal before leaving and contacting police, the incident report states.

A report from Buzzfeed News in October detailed accusations of 180 women nationwide who say they were groped or had inappropriate sexual contact with Massage Envy employees.

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