Is the Laguna Beach Massage Envy Rubbing Women the Wrong Way?
A Laguna Beach Massage Envy masseur, who is already facing criminal and civil allegations that he sexually assaulted one woman, has been accused this month of molesting a second female customer.
According to a plaintiff identified only as "Jane Doe," masseur Mark Pergil Valenzon masturbated during her massage in a private room and "placed his erect penis on her head."
The alleged lewd conduct shocked Doe, who complained to management that she "never wanted to have Valenzon as her masseur ever again," according to the 16-page, May 20 lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court.
Several months after the incident, Doe discovered that Valenzon previously had been arrested for sexually assaulting another woman, who we'll call Jane Doe 1, at the same Laguna Beach Massage Envy in May 2011.
Newport Beach attorney Scott J. Ferrell, who represents both women, was incredulous in his recent legal brief.
"[The defendants'] actions are inexcusable," wrote Ferrell. "This lawsuit concerns another incident of a woman's sexual assault by the same Massage Envy masseur whose attempted rape of a different woman at the same Massage Envy franchise location in Laguna Beach is the subject of the current litigation. These women placed themselves in the care of the Massage Envy franchise and were horrifically violated."
Ferrell also alleges that this Massage Envy staff erased Doe 2's complaint about Valenzon from its computer system in hopes of covering up its negligence, according to the lawsuit.
Massage Envy has faced similar lawsuits in Tustin; Seal Beach; Bethesda, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Draper, Utah and Kansas City.
The owners of the Laguna Beach massage business, John and Barbara Meeks, have not yet filed a formal response in court.
Superior Court Judge Franz E. Miller will manage the case and, if there is one, a trial.
Valenzon, who is out of custody on bail, faces two felony and one misdemeanor charges and has pleaded not guilty.
Court records show that his criminal case will have a pre-trial hearing on April 13.