Massage Therapist Accused Of Sex Assault Appears In Court

(KHNL) -- A massage therapist accused of crossing the line with a teenaged client makes his first appearance in court.

Nothing relaxing about it. A massage therapist stands in court, accused of sexually assaulting a client.

"When you hear something like that, you wonder why?" Jennifer Escalante, licensed massage therapist, said.

Reginald Comilang works for Serenity Spa at the Outrigger Reef in Waikiki.

Investigators say a 14-year-old female tourist was at the hotel getting a poolside massage last Friday. According to a police affidavit, she told officers, "Towards the end of the massage session, the massage therapist named Reginald slipped his hand under her bikini bottom on the side." She says he then touched her inappropriately.

Other massage therapists, like Escalante, are troubled by the allegations.

"We were taught as to massage, especially on the side, you know, not to touch the breast area," she said. "When we're going down the arm this way, making sure that our hands don't rub off. You know, so we learn all of that."

She says she received her state license two months ago, after intense class work and training. She had to perform 400 hours of massages before she could be certified.

"We had to study anatomy and physiology," she said. "And just the comfort of the clients."

Comilang has no comment as he leaves the courthouse. He remains free on bond.