VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A now former registered massage therapist, who NEWS 1130 has confirmed is also a local singer, has been charged with sex crimes. Now, Vancouver Police are asking for anyone else who thinks they may have been affected to come forward as the investigation into a disturbing case continues.
The VPD says Bodhi Jones, who is based in Vancouver, has been arrested and charged for reportedly sexually assaulting some of his clients.
His Twitter account has since been deleted.
In March of 2017, the VPD’s Sex Crimes Unit started looking into the allegations against Bodhi Jones, an RMT working near West 7th Avenue and Burrard Street. Investigators confirm several female patients told police they were assaulted by Jones during treatments between September 2016 and March 2017.
Over the next year, officers identified several people who said they were victimzied and in late May, Crown Counsel approved four charges of sexual assault against Jones.
Police think there may be other victims out there who have yet to come forward.
“Sex assaults are some of the most challenging investigations, and solving them is a priority for the VPD,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “We are publicly releasing this information with the hope of providing those affected with a direct point of contact at the VPD. We want to hear from anyone who feels they may have been assaulted by Mr. Jones.”
In a statement, the College of Massage Therapists of BC says, Jones resigned his position as an RMT in February of 2017.
“On Feb. 16, 2017, the CMTBC received a report advising that then-registered massage therapist Bodhi Jones had been arrested by the VPD at the clinic where he was practicing.”
The agency then launched its own investigation.
“CMTBC will actively monitor any criminal court proceedings that may be brought against Mr. Jones, and will decide on the appropriate application of its regulatory process once court proceedings have been concluded.”
Anyone who may have been assaulted by Jones, or has information they think could help investigators they are asked to call the VPD Sex Crimes Unit at 604.717.0603 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.