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Palo Alto Police Department
Monday May 8th, 2023 :: 12:30 p.m. PDT


News Release: Police Arrest Masseur for Sexual Assault of Client

Police have arrested a massage therapist for sexual assault.
On Monday, April 17, 2023, at about 12:50 p.m., a woman in her twenties came to the Police Department to report that she had been sexually assaulted by her masseur on April 15 at LaBelle Day Spa & Salon at 855 El Camino Real.
The investigation revealed that the suspect had sexually assaulted the victim during a massage appointment.  The victim did not sustain any physical injury.  The investigation identified the suspect as 58-year-old Cesar Eduardo Castro Moreno.
Detectives submitted the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, who filed one felony count of forcible oral copulation against the suspect.  A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge signed a warrant for the suspect’s arrest on May 2.
On May 4, 2023, at about 10:44 a.m., officers from the Gilroy Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team served the arrest warrant at the suspect’s home in the 8200 block of Murray Avenue in Gilroy and took the suspect into custody without incident.  Officers from the Gilroy Police Department booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the warrant.  The suspect’s booking photograph is available at
At this time, police are not aware of any additional victims.  The administrative personnel of the business are working collaboratively with detectives and terminated the suspect upon learning of this investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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