Former British Columbia massage therapist fined $105,000 and suspended for 25 years | PKBNEWS

A former licensed massage therapist in British Columbia has been banned from the profession for 25 years.

This week, the College of Massage Therapists of BC released its decision regarding Leonard Krekic, who was charged with sexual misconduct between 2009 and 2019.

Krekic had practiced in Penticton, White Rock and Surrey. The allegations came from six patients, with the regulator also fining him $105,000 after a lengthy disciplinary hearing.

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The allegations included massaging or touching the pubic area or breasts for non-therapeutic and/or sexual purposes, placing one’s hands under underwear, and pressing one’s groin against the patient’s hand or groin.

In August, a panel found that Krekic had committed professional misconduct, violated the College’s statutes and its code of ethics.

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After receiving a response from Krekic in November, the College revoked his registration and barred him from seeking reinstatement until January 1, 2048, ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine and pay a $95,952 fee. $.51.

The College noted that Krekic resigned his registration in October 2020.

“The College contends that the respondent’s primary misconduct was sexual contact with six of his patients, which constituted a fundamental breach of the relationship between the patient and the massage therapist,” part of the decision said.

“From 2012 to 2019, Respondent repeatedly victimized his patients, sometimes committing similar acts of misconduct with different patients within days, and once on the same day.”

The College said the Complainants had provided compelling evidence of the impact of Krekic’s conduct on them and that “the nature, frequency, duration and consequences of the Respondent’s misconduct are significant aggravating factors. and indicate the necessity of a very heavy sentence”.

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The College went on to state that “the panel emphasized that it was absolutely necessary to express to Mr. Krekic and other members of the profession that this type of conduct is unacceptable. Specifically, sexual touching of patients will not be tolerated and, where appropriate, CMTBC registrants will receive the most serious penalties available.

The College’s decision is available online.

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