A 66-year-old East Palo Alto man faces felony and misdemeanors charges for allegedly inappropriately touching women while offering low-cost massage and chiropractic services out of his backyard shed, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday.
Bernardino Rosas Valle reportedly operated a massage and healing business for women in his shed. When a woman recently went there for a massage, he is alleged to have fondled her breasts and tried to reach between her legs, Wagstaffe said.
The woman stopped him and left. She told her daughter, who then convinced her to call police.
Police issued a public appeal for more victims and the story was broadcast on and published in Spanish-speaking television stations and newspapers. The effort resulted in 21 more victims coming forward, Wagstaffe said.
Of the 21 cases that came forward, 10 are still within the statute of limitations and have been charged. The charges span from 2009 to 2014.
Valle was in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts of sexual assault and battery and four misdemeanors, Wagstaffe said. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.