Breckenridge massage therapist pleads not guilty in sex assault case
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BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge massage therapist Wang Kho pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony sexual assault charge on an 18-year-old woman. Kho, who was 28 when the alleged incident occurred, has rejected a plea deal – a misdemeanor sex assault charge – and is moving forward on trial preparations.
The woman from Massachusetts who accused Kho was not in court Monday. She said Kho touched her genitalia, exposed himself and tried to initiate sex during a massage last December.
A hearing to address 11 motions filed by Kho’s attorney is set for March 29 from 9-11 a.m. A trial date hadn’t been set.
Kho’s attorney Sean McAllister McAllister said he thinks “the case is a horrible misunderstanding” and he expects Kho, who he referred to as a “peaceful monk,” to be vindicated.
“It’s a young woman who may not have had an expert massage before,” McAllister said. “He denies that he touched her inappropriately in any way.”
Kho’s state massage therapist license has also recently been suspended due to sex-assault charges, and a hearing in Denver April 8-9 could cause it being revoked. McAllister said the defendant will be present at that hearing.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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