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Butler massage therapy owner charged with rape

Police say 57-year-old James Whitman raped a customer while giving a massage.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 10:20 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 10:56 AM

BUTLER, Ind. (WFFT) -- A Butler business owner is accused of raping a customer while giving her a massage. 

Indiana State Police on Wednesday charged 57-year-old James Whitman with rape, a level 3 felony. 

Investigators say a woman told them Whitman raped her earlier this month while he was giving her a massage at his business, Butler Creative Touch Massage. 

They say a second woman came forward during the investigation and shared a similar experience that happened there two years ago.

Police say Whitman has practiced massage therapy in Butler for 10 years.

They say he's not licensed in Indiana but holds a certificate from the Center for Vital Living School of Massage Therapy. 

Detectives served an arrest warrant on Whitman today without incident. He's being held at the DeKalb County Jail. 

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