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4th victim alleges being sexually assaulted by massage therapist at Md. Massage Envy

PLEASE NOTE-This is a photo of the Massage Envy in Northwest, D.C. where a sexual assault by the massage therapist allegedly occurred on Sept. 17.  This is not the Massage Envy in Lanham, Md. (ABC7 file photo) 

A fourth victim came forward to police on Oct. 1 and alleged being sexually assaulted by a massage therapist inside a Massage Envy in Lanham, Maryland.

According to police, the unidentified person reports the incident occurred on June 17 at the Woodmore Town Center location in Lanham.

Three women previously came forward and told authorities they were sexually assaulted by Habtamu Gebreslassie.

Gebreslassie, 24, a massage therapist at the Massage Envy in Tenleytown in Northwest Washington was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a patient or client.

Police said the first woman told them she was getting a message at the parlor when she said Gebreslassie performed oral sex against her will on Sept. 17.

On Sept. 20, a second woman told authorities that while Gebreslassie gave her a massage at the spa, he put his face near her vaginal area and touched her beyond the bikini line against her will.

The third woman accused Gebreslassie of assault during a massage on June 17 at Deluca Massage located at 2028 P Street in Northwest Washington.

Investigators said she was getting a massage from Gebreslassie when he "touched her inner thigh around her groin area without her permission and against her will."

Police said one of the victims was 66 years old.

A $25 million lawsuit was filed against Massage Envy last week accusing the company of covering up the alleged sexual assaults.

Massage Envy declined ABC7 News' request for comment at the time.

The suspect's brother told ABC7 News he is married, religious and never had a problem at work. He also believed his brother would win in court.



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