STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton police arrested a man last week who has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple girls and women while working as an untrained masseur.
Officials with the Stockton Police Department are looking for additional victims.
Juan Barrera Belmontez Sr., 61, remains behind bars as he faces multiple felony sexual assault charges.
“Our investigation team has been working nonstop on this case,” said Stockton police officer Joe Silva.
Silva told FOX40 that, so far, the victims who have come forward are women between the ages of 17 to 46.
“He is facing some pretty serious felony charges ranging from inappropriate touching on some of these victims, along with, during the commission of these crimes, using a foreign object,” Silva explained.
Investigators said Belmontez massaged people at his south Stockton home since 1999, but had no professional training.
“He has no business license,” Silva said. “He has no reason to be a masseuse.”
According to Silva, the investigation was launched after a victim came forward a couple of months ago and police believe there could be additional victims and they want to hear from them.
“That is what it takes for these types of cases. Someone brave enough,” Silva said.
Silva said he is hoping more victims will come forward with information and not be fearful.
“He is in custody and he is going to be in custody for awhile because he has been charged on some serious felony charges,” Silva said. “If you know of an additional victim or if you are a victim, do the right thing because we’re here to support you and we’re here to get you the help that you need.”
For those who are a victim or know someone who may be, they are asked to contact Stockton police Detective Richard Keiser at 209-937-8165 or the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Program.
We have a clarification to the above story, which was aired on FOX40 News Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 10 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 14, on the morning news.
While showing video of the neighborhood where the man is believed to live, we inadvertently showed one particular house on a corner.
FOX40 wants to let you know the owner and residents of that house have absolutely nothing to do with the arrest of the masseur.
We deeply regret showing the house and FOX40 News apologizes to the owner for doing so.