Massage Therapist Sentenced On Sexual Assault Charges

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

By: Julie Montanaro
September 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Court records show Christopher Thorpe was sentenced on three counts of sexual battery and received at least 20 years in prison. He will stand trial for another sexual battery in November.

By Julie Montanaro
UPDATED July 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee massage therapist was convicted today of sexually assaulting a client back in April 2012.

A jury deliberated for an hour before finding Christopher Thorpe guilty of sexual battery.

Prosecutors say the victim purchased a massage on line.

Prosecutors say the woman disrobed and laid face down on the table and that's when Thorpe assaulted her.

He'll be sentenced on August 15th.

Thorpe is still awaiting trial on charges that he sexually battered another client.

Tallahassee Police say during their investigation, eight women complained that Thorpe touched them inappropriately during a massage.

[UPDATE] April, 19, 2012

Christopher Thorpe turned himself into authorities on April 17th. The victims say Thorpe put his hands inside them. One of them claims he had sex with her. TPD says there may be more victims.

"We have these two cases but we believe that there may be someone else out there who has not come forward yet. And we would ask them to please come forward so we can put an end to this and put this person behind bars," said Officer David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Thorpe calls his business Gifted Hands but operated out of the Enjoy Life Rehabilitation Center.. He offered discount massages through the website Living Social.

The owner of Enjoy Life wants to make it clear that Thorpe was not her employee, he just rented space there.

Nicole Mortimer said she was shocked and in disbelief when investigators questioned her back on April second.

"That same day, took his key, removed his security code and escorted him off the premises," said Mortimer.

Thorpe took his massage classes at the Core Institute. He graduated two years ago.

The owner said, "We are proud of our 1300 plus graduates who have successfully and ethically practiced massage therapy."

Mortimer said she is saddened by the turn of events. She wants the public to know that massage therapy and physical therapy are safe services.

"For anybody, whether they come here or any facility, if at anytime anybody feels uncomfortable, say something. If you don't feel right, get up, leave say something," said Mortimer.

Tallahassee, FL - April 19, 2012 - Noon

Police are asking anyone who may have been sexually assaulted by a local massage therapist to come forward. The licensed therapist has already been charged with sexual battery against two of his clients.

Eyewitness News has obtained the police report. Some of the details of the case are quite graphic. According to the report, the victim had purchased a massage on the website Living Social.

The masseuse, Christopher Thorpe, is a licensed massage therapist and operated his business under the name Gifted Hands. In the report, the victim said that during her massage, Thorpe touched her inappropriately, then climbed on top of her and had sex with her. The report says the victim said she tried to push Thorpe off of her. A second victim came forward during the investigation and Tallahassee Police Officials are concerned there may be more victims out there.

"We would hope that if you experienced such a horrible situation, you would want it to be brought to light and to justice," says Officer Dave Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department.

In the report, Thorpe claims to have performed more than 300 massages. He rented space at the Enjoy Life Rehabilitation Center on South Monroe Street. However, the owner there says Thorpe was not an employee of Enjoy Life.

Press Release: Tallahassee Police Department

Tallahassee, FL --- April 18, 2012

On April 02, 2012, the Tallahassee Police Department began to investigate the Gifted Hands business for possible sexual batteries after a victim came forward to report a massage therapist for inappropriate actions during a paid massage.

The business was housed within the Enjoy Life Rehabilitation Center, located at 1533 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida.
Further investigation showed Christopher Thorpe, a licensed massage therapist and owner and operator of Gifted Hands, had sexually battered 2 female customers.

On April 13th, TPD secured an arrest warrant for Mr. Thorpe. On April 17th, Mr. Thorpe turned himself into the Leon County Jail on charges of Sexual Battery and Tampering with a Witness.

TPD is asking anyone who may have more information about this business or if you were a victim of a similar circumstance to please contact Investigator Sonya Bush at (850) 891-4554

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  • by Joke Location: Tally on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    Anonymous and AD, I would like to open your closet and see how many skeltons fall out I'm sure you can't squeeze another one in there.
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      by JD on Apr 22, 2012 at 01:10 AM in reply to Joke
      Your name says it all. You are definitely a joke. This guy is a sack of excrement and deserves to be punished by the max penalty, unless they were white women. In that case we should release him and drop charges immediately, if not sooner. God knows black people should be allowed to commit any crime imaginable against white people as payment for things that happened long before I was born, when my great grandparents lived in Europe. Hope you're catching the sarcasm cause I'm layin it on thick.
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      by AD on Apr 26, 2012 at 04:36 PM in reply to Joke
      Your last name is Casey isn't it? Either way, "Joke" fits you ;)
  • by Comical on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
    The joke is clearly on all the fools who thought they knew Chris. Makes me laugh how desperatley you want to paint him as the good guy. We got a person below saying he was a cheater and more, but hey HE WAS A GREAT GUY. Another one saying He was in a marriage that he wasn't happy in but HEY HE is a great guy.. So I guess CHris was a great guy who happened to stick his fingers where he wasn't suppose to and jumped on a woman that wasn't his wife. BUT HEY Chris is a GREAT GUY.. O_o
  • by Name doesn't matter!! Location: Tally on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    I would to say that I don't know Mr. Thorpe's background, but I can honestly say he has tried me and a few of my associates!! He is very flirtatious-and possibly might have a sex addiction!!! I'm not here to judge but just stating the truth!!!!
  • by Vic on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    It will be he said, she law enforcement tactics in asking for any other victims....
  • by concern Location: tally on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    has anyone wondered why we don't have chris side,why tpd only reported one side of this story,why tpd is asking for any other women to come forward, may be because the two they have story is not very promising, and they need to build a case because they don't have one,look at what we're doing a white or hispanic are what ever can kill a black boy and it take the president to get involved to get him arrested,a woman can alledge she was assaulted and they use we as black people to help them lock him up,people we need to stop hurting each other,stop doing there job when we don't have all the facts because I believe there more to the story than being told.
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      by HMA on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM in reply to concern
      Do you believe that there is more to the Trayvon Martin case than is "being told"?
    • reply
      by AD on Apr 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to concern
      Really?? Did you just basically say that black people need to cover up for black people?? Your lack of intelligence is painfully obvious.. in your grammar and your thoughts.
    • reply
      by JD on Apr 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM in reply to concern
      Hey "concern"!! Has anyone wondered how people can still breathe when they're brain dead? Do some research, it might help answer your question.
  • by tony Location: fl on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    why wasent thesevictims at work instead at the massage house.
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      by REDIC. on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to tony
      are freaking serious?????
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to tony
      Really?! Ever hear of a lunch break? Or do you not know anything about a job?
  • by HMA on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    I've seen this in a movie.
  • by friend Location: Tally on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    Its amazing to me how people are so quick to judge without knowing ALL of the FACTS not just the allegations. I am disgusted and disappointed that Chris has brought public embarrassment to his wife, mother,& family, but I DO NOT believe this was sexual assault. Unfortunately he must live with the consequences of his choice to have sex with his client, but he's no rapist. May God give his wife & family strength to keep their heads up & make it through this ordeal.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to friend
      public embarrasement??? Are you kidding me?? What about the victims??? Who is worrying about them?? Just cause you know the guy and you claim he is a great guy doesn't necessary mean you know ALL OF HIS SECRETS... The vicitms are going through public embarrassment becasue everyone is targeting them. THey are the VICTIMS not the OTHER WAY AROUND!!! IF you call yourself a friend of his, You should have helped him get the help he needed four years ago. This guy clearly has issues that he needs help with. I don;t know him but there are public record that CLEARLY points to it!!
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        by friend on Apr 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM in reply to
        1st of all "anonymous" I did not say he was a great guy. 2nd- I did not say I'm a friend of his. 3rd- I'm speaking to the embarrassment that his wife, mother, and family, who are innocent as well, have experienced in all of this. 4th- at this point, the victims have not experienced any public humiliation because they are and will NEVER be indentified to us UNLESS they choose to put their own names out there. SO BEFORE YOU GO OFF ON ME...READ THE POST CORRECTLY AND GO OFF ON SOMEONE ELSE!!!
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      by You mean like on Apr 21, 2012 at 09:40 AM in reply to friend
      You mean like you and the rest of Martin's "cousins" have done? Pleeeze. You want fair - YOU GOT IT.
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        by friend on Apr 21, 2012 at 04:11 PM in reply to You mean like
        um...what the heck are you talking about & who is Martin & his cousins? And what fairness? My post only deals with concern for his wife, mother, and family.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    Why would anyone submit their body to be touched by a "local massage therapist" without knowing something about the person's background? From the postings its seems like a lot of information is readily available.
  • by 4 Papi Location: here on Apr 20, 2012 at 04:25 AM
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