Butler message therapist charged with rape
By: Michael McIntyre - Thursday, January 23, 2020


BUTLER -- On Wednesday afternoon, detectives from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post concluded a criminal investigation of a local massage business in Butler, with the owner being arrested on a charge of rape.

Indiana State Police began investigating Butler Creative Touch Massage in Butler after a female alleged non-consensual sexual activity when she was receiving a massage earlier this month.

During the investigation another female came forward to provide information that she had a similar experience 2 years prior.

Detectives interviewed with the owner/massage therapist James Whitman. The investigation showed that Mr. Whitman has practiced massage therapy for over 10 years in Butler. He is not licensed through the State of Indiana, but holds a certificate from the Center for Vital Living School of Massage Therapy.

The complete investigation was turned over to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s office for review, and an arrest warrant for Whitman was issued.

Whitman was taken into custody by ISP detectives around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. He was transported to the DeKalb County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing.


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