Man claiming to be therapist allegedly fondled breast, groin

SANTA ANA (CBS) — Orange County prosecutors on Wednesday asked for the public’s help to determine if there are any additional victims of a Santa Ana man accused of molesting a woman who came to him for acupuncture treatment.

Thuan Van Nguyen, 56, is charged with misdemeanor molestation, to which he pleaded not guilty Sept. 2, court records show.

But Orange County prosecutors plan to arraign him in January on an amended complaint, charging him with two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery by fraud, three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of practicing acupuncture without a license, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The alleged victim went to Nguyen’s Santa Ana home July 3 for acupuncture, based on a recommendation from her mother, who had met Nguyen in a Westminster pharmacy, according to prosecutors.

Nguyen, who claimed to be an acupuncture therapist, allegedly took the woman into his bedroom and asked her to take off her top and lie on her stomach, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Nguyen allegedly massaged the woman’s back before touching her breasts, prompting her to leave the room, prosecutors said.

Nguyen persuaded the woman to return, assuring her he could ease her arthritis and back pain, according to prosecutors. When Nguyen had her lie face-up, he allegedly fondled her breasts and groin as he rubbed his pelvis against hers, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The woman filed a complaint with Santa Ana police July 4. If convicted, Nguyen, who is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail, could face a maximum sentence of four years and six months.

Anyone with more information about Nguyen is asked to call Santa Ana police detective Mike Judson at (714) 245-8378, or Orange County Supervising District Attorney Investigator Carl Waddell at (714) 834-7538.

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Comments (8)
  1. Just Me says:

    Dirty old man….

  2. Donny says:

    Fondled a woman? Who cares ? Why complain about that? The TSA at airports fondle women and even children all the time!!! If the public allows TSA to do it, then who cares if some dude in an office does it!!!

  3. Perry Yoshida says:

    My friend Peter Woo was known to have done the same thing a few years back but he did it to men

  4. ANNIE says:

    Deport the man!! if not, make sure he does not come in contact with women for a long long time.

    1. Madeleine says:

      Deport him?! That’s a terribly racist thing to say just because he has a foreign name! For you to naturally assume that 1) he’s guilty and 2) he’s not a citizen is just ridiculous!

      If he’s guilty–he should most certainly serve time and have his license (if he has one) stripped.

      But your gut reaction is RACIST.

  5. WOW says:

    4.5 years for groping? What the hell is this world coming to?

  6. Richard in Castaic says:

    At LAX a TSA employee almost gave me a happy ending, being sexually groped is very common these days, it’s not a big deal.

  7. Aiping Wang says:

    So what is the difference between these two feelings? It is the state of your life energy. When your energy flow is miserable your life will be too. Nothing you can do will change it until you change the flow of your life energy. Being filled with positive energy, you cannot be depressed. You won’t lie there waiting for life to pass by as you will be too involved in it to waste time like this.

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