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Massage therapist accused of sex-related rule violations

By: - August 25, 2022 4:10 pm

A central Iowa massage therapist is facing possible licensing-board sanctions for unspecified misconduct of a sexual nature. (Photo by David Fuentes Prieto/Getty Images)

A central Iowa massage therapist is facing possible licensing-board sanctions for unspecified misconduct of a sexual nature.

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy has charged therapist Hugh Parker of Nevada with improper sexual contact with, or making suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper remarks or advances to either a client or a coworker.

The specific nature of Parker’s alleged conduct has been redacted from all of the publicly available board records due to a 2021 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that prevents licensing boards from telling the public the exact nature of a licensee’s conduct until the case is resolved.

A hearing in Parker’s case was originally scheduled for Sept. 6 but was recently rescheduled for Dec. 6.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

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