Roseville massage therapist faces new charges

Brandon Lee Palmer, a massage therapist and owner of the now closed Serene Body Therapy Health and Wellness Center on Snelling Avenue in Roseville, faces 13 new counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The new charges were filed last month in Ramsey County District Court. There are now a total of seven women who, according to criminal complaints, have accused Palmer, 31, of unwanted sexual contact during massages he gave them at Serene Body Therapy.

Palmer was first charged with one count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fifth degree criminal sexual conduct in July. Those charges derive from a female client who told Roseville police she was touched inappropriately by Palmer during a massage in February. She filed a complaint with authorities on Feb. 11. According to that complaint, Palmer allegedly touched the woman’s groin area through her underwear and forced her to touch his.

Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Randy Gustafson said Palmer was arrested July 16 by Roseville police following the alleged incident and was booked and released under a conditional release program July 18.

According to criminal complaints, six other women reported Palmer inappropriately touched their genitalia, tried to get them to touch his, or both, while at massage appointments between June of 2011 and June 2013.  

Attorney Ryan Magnus, who is representing Palmer, said his client denied the first two charges against him in court in July, entering a not guilty plea. Magnus said Palmer has not been formally interviewed about the most recent charges and has not had the opportunity to deny them, but added he would be entering a not guilty plea on all other counts as well.

In total, Palmer faces 15 charges of criminal sexual conduct  -- seven counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, seven in the fifth degree, and one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

If convicted of the third degree charge, Palmer could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both; for a fourth degree charge the maximum sentence is 10 years, a fine of $10,000, or both; and a fifth degree maximum sentence is one year, a $3,000 fine, or both.

Palmer is scheduled to make his first court appearance for the new charges against him on Oct. 9.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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