Massage therapist enters no contest plea in sex assault case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old Grand Rapids massage therapist has pleaded no contest to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an assault during a therapy session.
John Ashby’s plea came Monday — the day his trial was to start in Kent County Circuit Court.
Police say the incident reportedly occurred in February at a spa in Grand Rapids. The spa has closed.
A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. Ashby is to be sentenced on Sept. 29.