Unlicensed metro Detroit massage owner charged with assaulting woman

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 18:27:28-04

The owner of a Farmington massage business has been charged with three counts of 4th degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, accused of inappropriately touching a woman who has come in for a massage.

Police say Con Van Vuong, a 43-year-old Troy man, is not a licenses massage therapist and is actually a registered sex offender, convicted of 3rd degree sexual assault on a 13 to 16-year-old in 2004.

Vuong, who owns Oriental Spa on Grand River, is accused of touching the breast and genitals of a 23-year-old Livonia woman who had come in for a massage. The incident happened May 11.

Police say Vuong took the woman into a massage room, where he told her to get undressed and then lie on her stomach on the massage table. Officer say he told her to turn over and lie on her back shortly after the massage began. 

Police say, after she did so, Vuong then pulled the sheet down and began touching her inappropriately. Officers say that at one point Vuong grabbed the woman's hand and put it over his genitals.

Officers say the woman ten left the massage room in hysterics.

“Not only is Mr. Vuong a registered sex offender, he holds no license or certification to practice massage.  It’s clear his intent was to take advantage of this victim for sexual gratification," Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers said in a news release. "Because of the brazenness of his actions, it is likely that he has assaulted other women at his business in the past.  We’re hoping that anyone who may have had a similar experience with Mr. Vuong at Oriental Spa will come forward.” 

Vuong was arraigned on the charges on May 12 and given a $150,000 cash bond. He is currently locked up in the Oakland County Jail. He was ordered to be placed on a tether, if he is able to bond out.

He is due back in court on May 26.

Officials say this case shows the importance of making sure massage therapists are licensed.

"While the City of Farmington has an ordinance to regulate businesses offering massage therapy, people should take time to research the business to ensure that massage therapists are licensed,” says Director Demers.