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13-266 Detectives Arrest Largo Massage Therapist For Sexual Battery; Seek Additional Victims

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Special Victims Unit

Ronald D. Bruinius (Arrested)
DOB: 09/05/1977
Address:  10570 68th Avenue North, Largo
Arrested for one-count Sexual Battery.

Victim is a 53-year-old female. Per Fl. Statute, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What:
Detectives have arrested a licensed massage therapist after he inappropriately touched a female client. Detectives ask that anyone with information on additional victims please contact law enforcement.

When:
The incident is alleged to have occurred on July 24, 2013 during a massage session.

Where:
The crime occurred at Bruinius’  place of business, Ronnie’s Body Work Massage, located at 10671 104th Avenue North in Largo.

Why/How:
Detectives began investigating the case on November 19, 2013, after the victim reported the crime to the Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told detectives that she purchased a total of 5 massages via a “Groupon” special. Detectives say the victim told them she had no issues during the first two initial massages, but that on the third, the suspect quickly touched her in an inappropriate manner. She told investigators that she did not confront the suspect, 36-year-old Ronald Bruinius, at that time as she thought it may have been a mistake. During her 5th massage session, Bruinius touched her in a sexual manner and the victim ended the session.   

Detectives arrested Bruinius for one-count sexual battery at about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 at his place of business. Bruinius was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

The investigation continues.

Detectives say there may be other victims and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Guy Kirby of the Special Victims Unit at 727-582-6200.

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