Former massage therapist at Massage Envy found guilty of sexual battery

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 10:01:28-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The subject of a CBS 6 investigation was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery after a judge accepted a plea agreement between Shawn Robinson and the Commonwealth for a lesser charge in the case.

Robinson will serve four months behind bars after being sentenced to 12 months in jail with eight months suspended.

A grand jury indicted Robinson in March of 2019 for allegedly raping a woman at a Massage Envy on Midlothian Turnpike that has since closed.

Yet, Robinson was not arrested until CBS 6 asked Chesterfield Police about the case.

Chesterfield Police said the indictment was entered into their records system, and yet, for nearly a year, Chesterfield Police said they did not know Robinson had been indicted for rape, and they never tried to find him.

That is, until CBS 6 Problem Solver investigator Melissa Hipolit contacted them about this case in February 2020.

Within days, Chesterfield Police arrested Robinson.

As part of Tuesday's plea agreement, a judge found Robinson guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Robinson had pleaded not guilty to the amended charge, but also said there was sufficient evidence to convict him.

He still faces two civil suits filed against him and Massage Envy for alleged sexual assaults.

CBS 6 been investigating what some lawyers call an epidemic of sexual assaults by massage therapists at Massage Envy's across the country.