Sut-Ho Leung is charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse, and 14 counts of unauthorized practice of profession
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce A. Smith announced the indictment of a New Hyde Park man on charges he inappropriately touched clients while practicing massage therapy without a license at a Garden City spa.
Sut-Ho Leung (also known as “Mike”), 60, of New Hyde Park, was arraigned today before Judge Robert Bogle on 14 counts of unauthorized practice of profession (an E felony), two counts of forcible touching (an A misdemeanor) and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree (a B misdemeanor). Leung faces a potential maximum sentence of up to 4 years in prison on each of the 14 counts of unauthorized practice of a profession. The defendant is due back in court on November 12, 2021.
“A relaxing massage turned threatening and disturbing when this defendant allegedly used his massage table as a means to victimize clients,” said Acting DA Smith. “NCDA believes there could be other victims and encourage anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the defendant to call the Special Victims Bureau at (516) 571-1266.”
According to the indictment and investigation, on January 2, 2021, Leung, whose wife is believed to be the owner of O Spa, located at 927 Franklin Avenue in Garden City, met with the victim for a scheduled massage. During the massage, Leung allegedly reached his hands over the victim’s shoulders and touched her breast inappropriately. The victim tried to cover herself, but Leung allegedly continued touching the victim. Leung was practicing unlicensed at the time of the incident.
Leung was arrested by the Garden City Police Department on January 6, 2021.
In early March of 2021, an undercover operation was initiated at O Spa by NCDA and the Garden City Police Department. During the operation, captured on video recording, Leung was seen continuing to practice massage without a license, and was arrested on March 9, 2021.
NCDA and the Garden City Police Department continued to investigate and identified at least 10 additional victims who received a massage from Leung, who was practicing unlicensed, between November 21, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Leung allegedly inappropriately touched the breast of one of these additional victims on December 6, 2020.
If you believe you have been the victim of Sut-Ho Leung, please contact the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Bureau at (516) 571-1266.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Vitagliano of the Special Victims Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Victoria Hall-Swartz of the County Court Trial Bureau. The defendant is represented by Marc Gann, Esq.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.