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Santa Clarita Massage Therapist Jorge Panama Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges; Officials Seek Additional Victims

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Santa Clarita Massage Therapist Jorge Panama Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

Santa Clarita Massage Therapist Jorge Panama Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

Sep 3, 2021

A Santa Clarita, California, massage therapist with a history of sex crime allegations was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

Jorge Panama, 56, was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with an allegation made in April, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau report.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau, Panama was the subject of a previous sexual assault investigation in October 2018 which involved similar circumstances.

That 2018 incident reportedly entailed an adult female victim being sexually assaulted while receiving a massage at Stretch Therapeutic Healing Spa (now named Massage Plus Healing) in Santa Clarita.

Panama was arrested in 2018 following the incident, and an investigation was presented to the District Attorney’s Office. Charges were never filed, however, reportedly due to insufficient evidence.

In the April 2021 incident, Panama is alleged to have sexually assaulted an adult woman while performing a massage at Massage Plus Healing. The alleged victim, who spoke with KTLA and was identified only as Susan, accused Panama of rape.

He didn’t hit me, but it was so fast,” Susan said in an interview with KTLA. “I don’t know how long his pants were down for, because I was face-down.

Investigators believe Panama likely assaulted additional victims while working at Stretch Therapeutic Healing and Massage Plus Healing. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau is urging anyone with information related to a possible sex crime during a massage session with Panama to come forward as soon as possible and report the matter.

Anyone with information related to an incident with Panama is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau:

  • Toll free tip line at 877-710-5273
  • By email at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit their website.

Coming Forward to Report Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, the vast majority of sex crimes are never brought to the attention of authorities. With only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults ever reported to police, that means more than two out of every three sex crimes go unreported. Accordingly, out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, it is estimated that 975 perpetrators will walk free.

The following statistics, provided by Dordulian Law Group’s partner organization, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), are truly alarming:

  • 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to the police
  • 50 out of every 1,000 sexual assault reports lead to an arrest
  • 28 out of every 1,000 sexual assault reports lead to a felony conviction
  • Only 25 out of every 1,000 sexual assault perpetrators will ever be incarcerated

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Accordingly, Dordulian established the SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) within DLG’s Sex Crimes Division to offer survivors a four-tiered support network of dedicated professionals.

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  • Litigation Lead: Sam Dordulian, former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with over 100 jury trial victories and 25 years of experience
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Sexual assault survivors in California and throughout the nation turn to DLG to handle their claims because of our experience, dedication, and proven results. We are here for you as your dedicated legal advocate when you’re ready to take the first step towards pursuing justice against your perpetrator.


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