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Masseur hit with sex charges

A self-employed masseur in Vancouver has been charged with sexual assault. 

The Vancouver Police Department says they started to investigate the man after a woman came forward with allegations that she had been assaulted by a masseur who visited her at home, CTV News reports. 

Officers arrested 33-year-old Alexander Varfolomeev on Tuesday, explaining the suspect used an app called Soothe to book clients for home calls. 

"We have been working with the app provider and they have been co-operative with our police investigation," Const. Steve Addison said Wednesday.

Varfolomeev has been ordered by his bail conditions to not give any more massages or physical therapy to the public.

Police would not comment on if Varfolomeev was known to them, or if he had worked at any local massage parlours in addition to the app.

with files from CTV Vancouver



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