Merritt masseur charged

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m.

The man accused of four accounts of sexual assault is not actually a registered massage therapist, despite claiming to offer massage therapy on his website.  

Eric Wredenhagen, registrar and CEO of The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, says Michael Albert Jolly is not registered with the College, which regulates massage therapy in B.C.

Wredenhagen says the province changed its laws in 2015 to allow non-registered massage therapists to perform massage for money. 

"What you cannot do is call yourself an RMT or even a massage therapist, so if you use other terminology, you are permitted to engage in that business," Wredenhagen said. 

ORIGINAL: 1:50 p.m.

The Merritt RCMP is announcing sexual assault charges against a local massage therapist, after multiple victims came forward.

The police investigation began in Oct. 2017, connected to complaints received from clients of A&M Holistic Wellness in Merritt.

Michael Albert Jolly, 55, is facing four counts of sexual assault stemming from alleged incidents that occurred in September and October 2017 involving four separate victims. The victims said they had been sexually assaulted by Jolly while receiving massage treatment at  A&M Holistic Wellness.

“A publication ban is in effect to protect the identity of the victims involved. We are taking the steps however, to advise the public of the continuance of our investigation, in order to establish whether we have other victims who have not come forward to date or not,” said Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

A&M Holistic Wellness announced Dec. 10 on Facebook that the massage clinic would be closing permanently.

Anyone with information regarding this matter or whom may have been a victim of an assault of this nature are asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262

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