Four Women Claim Sexual Assault at Doral Golf Resort and Spa
Four women have come forward and claimed they were sexually assaulted by employees at the spa at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Two woman came forward with their allegations in early February, and now, according to NBCMiami, two other women plan to sue the resort for sexual assault by spa workers.
The first incident surfaced in early February, when a victim claimed that David Muñoz, 27, sexually assaulted her during a massage in January. Muñoz was arrested on a single count of sexual battery and bailed out of jail. A second victim came forward less than a week later and claimed that another masseur, John J. Pacheco, sexually assaulted her during a massage.
"I felt forced to come forward because I know there are other victims out there," the second victim said in a statement to CBS4 and called the attack "a devastating nightmare I can't get rid of."
Attorney Jeffrey Herman said Pacheco "touched the victim in a grotesque, sexual manner against her will and without her consent."
Herman now says that two more women will file suit against the spa for sexual assault.
The spa is associated with the Pritikin Longevity Center. Doral Golf Resort & Spa recently filed for bankruptcy but is hosting the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship, which attracts top PGA golfers, this week.
Update: Pritkin Longevity Center has sent out the following statement to clarify that while they share space with the Spa, they did not employ any of the men in question:
"We were made aware of the allegations by a customer at the Doral Spa against an employee of the Doral Spa. While Pritikin leases space at the Doral Resort for its medical, fitness and dining facilities, and uses the spa facility for its customers, Pritikin did not employ the massage therapist, and the customer was never a customer of Pritikin. Pritikin does not own, operate or manage the Doral Spa, and does not employ any of its staff."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.