Trial resumes for masseuse charged with penetrating client during session

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Marcial "Chalo" Zapata (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County jail)

A two-day bench trial that began Monday for a 39-year-old masseuse charged with inserting his fingers in a client in August and telling her he was trying to repair her damaged uterus is expected to conclude Tuesday in State District Court.

–NOTE: A version of this post was also published in Tuesday’s “LOCAL BRIEFS” section of the Santa Fe New Mexican. —

Police reports state Marcial “Chalo” Zapata told a female client her lower back pain was due to her having a “dropped uterus.”

The woman had twice before received massages from Zapata in his southwest-side Santa Fe home. She said she paid $40 for the massage and left with her 9-year-old son, who was present during the alleged crime, before telling Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies.

Zapata, whose name does not appear as a licensed massage therapist on the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department website, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact.

It is unclear if Zapata will testify before his trial concludes Tuesday before State District Judge Michael Vigil.

Here is a link to a story back in August on Zapata’s arrest:

  1. geoffgrammer says:

    Zapata was convicted of one third-degree felony count of criminal sexual penetration as the two-day bench trial concluded Tuesday afternoon.

    Geoff Grammer

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