LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Lakewood police have arrested a man on suspicion of unlawfully touching a massage client at the massage school where he worked.
Steven Emerson Noble, 27, worked at the Colorado School of Healing Arts in Lakewood. Police say he is alleged to have touched a 16-year-old massage client in a sexual manner.
“According to court records, on Jan. 14 the 16-year-old went with her mother to the massage school where they both received massages. Following her massage the teen told her mother that Noble had inappropriately touched her intimate parts, exposed her upper body and taken photographs of her while her upper body was exposed,” police said in a prepared statement.
The victim’s mother called police.
“The allegations involve, first of all, exposing the 16-year-old’s intimate parts and then also photographing her as she laid there being massaged and laid there with her body exposed,” Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said.
According to the arrest affidavit, the girl told police she heard a click of a camera while her face was covered with a towel.
“I heard him playing with his phone because he was sitting behind my head … I heard a camera, like the click of a camera,” the girl told police.
After the session was finished the teen says Noble asked her, “Were you comfortable with everything? You didn’t feel sexual at all, right?”
The executive director of the Colorado School of Healing Arts told CBS4 Noble was immediately fired when they found out about the allegations. The school says in 25 years of operation no similar allegations were brought against one of their employees.
Noble appeared in court on Friday. The District Attorney’s Office has until Feb. 2 to make a decision on filing charges.
Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation is asked to call Lakewood police.