PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors have awarded nearly $5 million to two women who say they were sexually assaulted during massages at a Sedona spa in 2016.
The women filed a lawsuit, alleging they suffered physical, emotional and psychological trauma after receiving massages from Aaron Frank Orrico.
The 48-year-old massage therapist denied the allegations.
But the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy revoked Orrico's license, saying he broke a state law that prohibits massage therapists from engaging in sexual activity with clients.
After a three-day trial, a Yavapai County Superior Court jury awarded $4 million in punitive damages to the women.
Jurors also awarded medical expenses of $300,000 to one of the women and $630,000 to the other.
The Arizona Republic reports Orrico is facing pending criminal charges related to the sexual assault allegations.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com