Jury acquits massage therapist accused of client sex assault
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A massage therapist accused of touching a female client inappropriately during a session has been acquitted of sexual assault charges.
Asmar Berry had been arrested in October 2018 after authorities said he touched the victim’s “intimate parts” without her consent. The incident occurred at a spa in Pennington.
But a Mercer County jury deliberated for 90 minutes Wednesday before clearing the Clementon man on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of criminal sexual contact.
Berry says he will seek restoration of his professional license, which he voluntarily suspended after his arrest. He said the “false accusations” had “egregiously tarnished” his reputation.