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Carlsbad masseur arrested, accused of sexually assaulting spa client

A man working as a masseuse at a Carlsbad spa was arrested last week after a client accused him of sexual assault, North County police said Wednesday.

Since then, police have received additional reports of sexual assaults at the spa and believe there may be more than one suspect as well as other victims.

The first incident was recorded shortly after noon on Friday. A client of the Grotto Spa in Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch district called police to report that they had been sexually assaulted by a masseur at the spa about 30 minutes earlier, police said.

The spa, located in a shopping mall on Gateway Drive just off El Fuerte Street, was recently sold and also serves as King Spa. There is another Grotto Spa in the city, but it is not related to the Bressi Ranch location.

Police investigated the woman’s report and arrested the suspected masseur, identified as Yalong Liu, 50. A Texas search warrant found a warrant for a felony sexual assault there, police said.

Police said Liu was arrested for the local incident and the Texas warrant. Jail records show he is being held without bail and is being heard in Vista court on Thursday on an out-of-state warrant.

Following his arrest, other defendants reported similar sexual assaults at the Bressi Ranch spa.

On Wednesday, Carlsbad police issued a press release announcing Liu’s arrest and asking for more possible victims to appear.

“Based on these additional cases, investigators believe there could have been more than one suspect and there could have been additional casualties,” the press release said.

No one answering the phone would comment when a reporter called the spa on Wednesday and no calls were answered.

Anyone who thinks they have been sexually assaulted at Grotto Spa, also known as King Spa, or anyone who has information about a sexual assault on the site should contact Detective Dzung Luc at (442) 339-2173 or email dzung.luc@carlsbadca.gov.



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