Peninsula acupuncturist arrested for alleged sexual assault

Randall Neustaedter/Courtesy San Mateo Sheriff's Department

A Redwood City area acupuncturist who is also a vaccination critic was arrested July 13 after a female client reported he touched her inappropriately after an acupuncture session in June, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The 27-year-old client booked a series of acupuncture sessions with Dr. Randall Neustaedter in late June using Groupon. After several appointments, Neustaedter asked if she wanted acupuncture massage and she accepted. During at least one massage, Neustaedter allegedly touched her genital area inappropriately.

After an investigation by sheriff’s detectives, Neustaedter was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He was booked on two felony counts of forcible act of sexual penetration.

Neustaedter posted $200,000 bail since his arrest. He is scheduled for arraignment in San Mateo Superior Court on Aug. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Neustaedter did not respond to requests for comment.

According to his practice’s website, Cureguide, Neustaedter specializes in homeopathy, Oriental medicine and child health care. He is the author or books and articles on child health and teaches homeopathy workshops and classes.

Neustaedter authored “The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults,” in which he claims that asthma, autism and diabetes are the result of adverse vaccine reactions.

“We have been conditioned and convinced to accept vaccination as a savior of our children and a miracle that freed us from deadly infectious diseases,” he wrote in the book’s new introduction.

Parents, he wrote, “must decide if it is better for their children’s health to give the vaccines or not. If parents question the validity or wisdom of administering vaccines to their children, they receive little support in their efforts to make an informed choice.”

On his website he called the state law signed in June requiring that school children be vaccinated a “tyrannical law” that “threatens the basic personal freedoms of families across the country.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, detectives believe there could be other victims and have asked that they contact law enforcement at (800) 547-2700 .

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