UPDATE, FEB. 28, 10:21 A.M.: Massage Heights Franchising issued the following statement about the arrest of Ryan Daniel Bishop: We were appalled to hear of the allegations of sexual misconduct of one of our massage therapists. Massage Heights Franchising has a zero tolerance policy against inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct. The local franchisee terminated the massage therapist’s employment and is fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation. Franchisees are encouraged to conduct background and reference checks prior to hiring all licensed massage therapists. This employee was licensed by the state of California, which requires thorough criminal background checks of all massage therapists before issuing and renewing licenses. Massage Heights Franchising is dedicated to the wellbeing of the thousands of members and guests our franchisees serve, and these policies are designed to create a safe and secure environment in each and every retreat.
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 27, 5:06 A.M.: A 32-year-old massage therapist was arrested last week for the alleged sexual assault of a woman he was rubbing down in a Mission Viejo business.
Ryan Daniel Bishop of Laguna Hills was working at Massage Heights, 26032 Marguerite Pkwy., Ste. A-2, where the incident is said to have happened on Feb. 17. That day, the victim, who is also 32, reported she has been assaulted to Orange County sheriff’s deputies, who forwarded their report to the department’s Special Victim’s Detail. It was SVD investigators who arrested Bishop on Wednesday, when he was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of sexual battery. But charges could be compounded if there are other victims; investigators note Bishop previously worked at Main Place Chiropractic in Orange and possibly other locations in Orange County. If you believe you were a victim of him or have other information that can help in the investigation, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail at (714) 647-7419 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips can be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.