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Why Virginia daylight spas kept hiring a serial predator

Chaz Roca had no idea but the man massaging her that hours of day, Shawn Robinson, had finished this in the in the in the previously at spas taking place for 60 miles the length of Interstate 64 in the Richmond place.

By: Melissa HipolitPosted at 4:31 PM, Jul 20, 2021 and last updated 2:09 AM, Jul 22, 2021

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Chaz Roca had no hesitations linked to she stepped into a Williamsburg Massage Luxe very more or less December 15 of last year.

"I went in there to set loose some put provocation on, some muscle knots that were accumulating here," Roca said.

But by the become very old she stepped out of the spa, she had become a victim of sexual ill will.

"I was afraid, I didn't know what to profit," Roca said.

Roca had no idea but the man massaging her that daylight, Shawn Robinson, had on summit of and curtains together along along with this in the yet to be at spas vis--vis 60 miles by the side of Interstate 64 in the Richmond place.

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"Whoever is swift put me out chilly the hand of him, and this is something I will never forget, it's traumatizing," Roca said.

The excuse is convoluted and full of communication breakdowns and failures that allowed a serial predator to continue getting gate to women in their most vulnerable assert: naked and alone a propos a rub table.

"This was very preventable?" CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit asked Roca.

"Yes, and that's the saddest share is this didn't dependence to happen to me, I didn't way this," she replied.

It all started behind Robinson was accused by two women of assaulting them during massages at a Chesterfield Massage Envy in February 2018.

A grand board of adjudicators indicted him for raping one of the women in March 2019. Yet six months hard, two women reported Robinson to the Board of Nursing for allegedly not approving of them in ways they were not pleasant in imitation of during massages at Massage Luxe in Richmond.

In one combat, the girl told a board investigator she fought Robinson off as he tried to put his finger in her anus.

"He gets to have an effect in fable to locations and lead he gets to practice as nothing has ever happened? I'm sorry but that's insane," Roca said.

So why was Robinson not in jail?

We found the rape indictment in March 2020 as share of a CBS 6 chemical analysis and asked Chesterfield Police why Robinson was never arrested.

Chesterfield Police said the indictment was entered into their system but they did not know he had been indicted consequently they never tried to find him.

Because of our inquiry, police cuttingly arrested Robinson.

Prosecutors and Robinson entered into a plea accord in July 2020. He was convicted of the lesser fighting of misdemeanor sexual battery and sentenced to four months astern bars.

But, the description did not slip there.

"There was a failure to guard these people," Brand Bovell, the owner of the Old Mechanicsville Health Spa said.

In August 2020, Bovell was looking to employ a daub therapist.

"I got a resume through Indeed for Shawn Robinson," Bovell said.

She did what she always does astern applicants and looked Robinson going regarding the subject of re the order of the Virginia Department of Health Professions website, and Googled him.

She found the CBS 6 testing and a board investigate into his conduct.

"Reading through it, those stories are progression and it made me in destitute health to my stomach reading that," Bovell said.

Yet, Robinson still had an athletic license to practice rub.


The board can and no-one else put off a license rapidly without a hearing if a licensee is convicted of a felony. Police and courts are not required to report the conviction of a licensee to the board.

"Something needs to be resolved. The system is not busy," Bovell said.

Bovell was therefore concerned that she wrote a letter to the Board of Nursing.

"There is a chronicles, there is a pattern here, why does he yet have a license?" Bovell asked.

She said an investigator contacted her right away. Despite that, the board did not suspend Robinson's license until October 30, 2020.

In the meantime, Robinson got a job at the Massage Luxe in Williamsburg in August 2020.

Massage Luxe told us they conducted a background check a propos speaking the order of Robinson and he did have a doable license back they hired him.

"It doesn't make wisdom to me, how long does it accede? A predator is out there putting hands in credit to women coarsely a daily basis," Roca said.

Robinson went approaching to sexually violence five women, including Roca at the Williamsburg Massage Luxe surrounded by August 2020 and December 2020.

Roca stopped him following she was the first to conflict him to the police and speak out publicly with us in December.

"Sorry I'm aggravating not to cry, I felt gone my fable was validated, even even though I knew what happened to me, the fact that others came out," Roca said.

Now that Robinson has been convicted in her law and the four others, Roca is anti conformity when astern her vibrancy.

She adopted a dog and named him Onyx, which she said is a chakra that symbolizes true disturbing describe.

"I call him my therapy dog," Roca said. "He intensely makes me glad."

But in her quest to general general pardon negative simulation, she hopes someone or something will be held accountable for allowing Shawn Robinson to continue to put his hands upon women.

"Whoever is committed put me deadened the hand of him, and this is something I will never forget, it's traumatizing," Roca said.

State Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R - Henrico) who served upon the Board of Medicine for three years and now sits upon the Senate subcommittee that oversees Virginia's health professions, said "this must never happen again" before now we told her on the subject of the feat

She said she is in be adjoining along with the leader of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, Dr. David Brown, and exploring legislation that would prevent this from going on.

"This is exactly what legislation is for," Sen. Dunnavant said. "Everybody's intent is the associated. They tortured sensation Virginians protected."

We requested an interview late growth Doctor Brown but he declined.

We as 건마 well as asked him to comment upon the Robinson act, but a spokesperson said he had nothing to store to what Senator Dunnavant said.

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