Massage therapist impersonator faces sex charge

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man has been arrested on a sexual abuse charge for allegedly pretending to be a massage therapist so he could take advantage of a paralyzed woman.

According to a court document, 40-year-old Ruben Munoz Felix came to the Phoenix apartment of the female victim on March 11. The woman is disabled, paralyzed from the waist down, and in a wheelchair.

Police say Felix claimed to be a social worker and massage therapist sent from St. Joseph's Hospital, and was "offering free massages to disabled citizens."

The court document states that Felix asked the victim to remove her clothes, then fondled her breasts. When the woman asked him why he was touching her breasts, police said that Felix told her, "It was part of the therapy."

The victim also told police that during the "free trial massage," Felix also massaged her pelvic area. But due to the fact that the victim is paralyzed from the waist down and has no feeling in that area, she is not positive that the suspect touched her genitals.

Police said Felix left the apartment, but returned several hours later. However, the woman was not alone; some of her family members were at the residence at the time. Police said Felix told the family members he had to get some paperwork from the car, left the apartment, but didn't come back.

According to the court document, Felix returned once again the next day, but the victim was afraid, and asked her neighbors to call the police.

Police verified that Felix is not employed by Saint Joseph's Hospital in any capacity, and is not employed as a social worker or as a massage therapist.

He faces one felony count of sexual abuse.