Pasco massage therapist suspended on sexual misconduct charges

WASHINGTON STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE -- State health officials have immediately suspended the license of Pasco massage practitioner Juan P. Ochoa (MA00024826) on charges of sexual contact with female patients.

>>>Click here to read the official Statement of Charges that details the massage therapist's alleged sexual contact with his patient.

>>>Click here to read more documents related to Ochoa's suspension.

Ochoa is awaiting trial for second-degree rape of a patient. Charges say Ochoa had nonconsensual sexual contact with a patient during a massage in April of 2012, using his fingers to penetrate her vagina and attempting to place her hand on his penis. He was investigated by the police for a similar incident in 2008, but criminal charges were not filed and no complaint was received by the Department of Health.

Ochoa has 20 days to respond to the charges and can't practice massage in Washington until the charges are resolved.

The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington.