News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Massage Therapist Arrested for Sexual Battery
Contact : Kara Apple, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Rajesh Kumar Vashisht booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police have arrested a massage therapist for sexual battery.

In November 2012, an adult victim in her late teens reported to detectives that she had been sexually assaulted in June 2012 by a massage therapist while at a massage appointment at LaBelle Day Spa & Salon at 855 El Camino Real.  Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 35-year-old Rajesh Kumar Vashisht of Menlo Park and began an investigation into what had occurred and if there were any additional victims.

Detectives worked collaboratively with the administrative staff of the salon and were able to eventually locate three additional women (all in their twenties or thirties) who reported that the same therapist had also sexually assaulted them during three individual massage appointments that occurred between February 2012 and December 2012.  Those three women reported that those crimes had occurred at the Stanford Shopping Center location of the same spa.  By the time detectives were able to locate and interview these women, the suspect was no longer an employee of the salon.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, who filed charges against the suspect.  On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at about 1:45 p.m., the suspect self-surrendered at the Palo Alto Police Department on an arrest warrant charging him with misdemeanor sexual battery.  Police booked the suspect at the station and released him after he posted bail.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

At this time, detectives are not aware of any additional victims.  Anyone who may have information about this suspect is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.