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Downtown Johnson City massage therapist charged with sexual battery

Becky Campbell • Updated Jan 24, 2019 at 3:40 PM

A state-certified massage therapist practicing at a new business in downtown Johnson City was indicted earlier this month on a sexual battery charge related to his work.

Craig W. Roberts, 50, 405 W. Locust St., Johnson City, was arrested in August 2018 after a female massage client told police Roberts grabbed her breast.

The alleged incident happened July 31, 2018, at The Salt Mind Experience at 207 North Boone St., according to a warrant filed by Johnson City Police Investigator Corey Shoun. He took statements from the client and Roberts as part of the investigation.

“By Roberts’ own admission, he touched the victim inappropriately by ‘grabbing’ her breast during the course of a massage,” Shoun wrote in the affidavit of complaint. The female also alleged other inappropriate contact during the hour-long massage session.

The business hosted its grand opening July 20, 2018 where Roberts was identified as a co-founder of the facility.

At that time, Roberts told the Press he had worked as a massage therapist for 26 years, and first got the idea for The Salt Mind Experience while visiting The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville. Next door to the business, Roberts found The Asheville Salt Cave.

“We had heard about this and we were in love. The vision started to come together about expanding the practice and adding Himalayan Salt Therapy in our own unique way. Here we are over 9 months later and the vision is a reality,” Roberts said at the time.

After his arrest, Roberts posted a $5,000 bond to get out of jail. He waived a preliminary hearing in October to send the case to the grand jury. That panel returned the indictment Jan. 11. He is set to appear in Washington County Criminal Court Feb.1 for arraignment.

On The Salt and Mind Experience website, there is no mention of Roberts working there.

On the Tennessee Department of Health’s licensure verification page, Roberts’ license appears to be in good standing. He had one previous adverse licensure action in 2017 for failure to complete all of his required continuing education classes in the 2011-2012 licensure cycle. His license was placed on probation, but the probation was lifted in Aug. 2017.

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