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PD: Chandler man arrested, accused of sexual indecency against massage therapist

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 17:12:27-05

CHANDLER, AZ — A Chandler man has been arrested after being accused of "touching himself" in a sexual manner during a session with a massage therapist.

According to Chandler police, 43-year-old Matthew Coates had contacted the massage therapist through Facebook to set up an appointment on November 29. Coates had never received a massage from the victim before.

The police report states that Coates showed up to the medical office for a 90-minute session after the office had closed for the day. The therapist worked at the officer during the day, but the owner allowed her to do freelance massage work when it was closed.

During the session, the victim told police that Coates made a comment about her attractiveness during the massage. During the last 30 minutes of the session, the victim says that Coates started moving his hips. As the session went on, the report shows that when the victim had Coates flip onto his back so that she could massage the front, Coates kept requesting her to massage more inward of his thigh. The victim told Coates that she could not do that.

Coates then reportedly moved his hands to his groin and "began masturbating," according to the victim.

Coates then allegedly told the victim, "You have me so aroused."

The victim said Coates briefly stopped masturbating, but then resumed after she tried to continue massaging lower on Coate's legs. The victim told Coates the massage was over and left the room.

Coates dressed, paid, and then left the office.

The massage therapist immediately contacted the Chandler Police Department and locked herself in a back room. When officers arrived, they performed a check of the area and then interviewed the victim.

Police located and arrested Coates. Coates is facing charges of sexual offense and public sexual indecency.