California acupuncturist sued for allegedly sexual assaulting woman

July 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- A California woman has sued her acupuncturist for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she fell asleep during a massage, court records indicate.

Dacia Ayala sued Chan Joon Park, the Union Acupuncture and Natural Healing Clinic and the New Life Acupuncture and Natural Healing Clinic in Orange County Superior Court.

Ayala alleges that during her third massage from Park, he rubbed her below the waist and her inner thighs, Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.

At some point during the visit, Park told Ayala to tell him she was only 16 years old.

During her fourth visit, Ayala and Park were alone in the office, and she fell asleep during the massage.

Ayala said she woke up to Park sucking on her breasts and putting his mouth to her vagina.

"Park told plaintiff that it was OK and told plaintiff 'I have to take the toxins out," the complaint states.

After Park suggested applying needles to her, Ayala got her clothes and left, and flagged down a nearby police officer.

The officer arrested Park.

The date of the alleged attack was not reported.

She is seeking punitive damages for professional negligence, sexual battery, medical battery, failure to obtain informed consent, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Courthouse News said.

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