CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A man has been found guilty of assaulting a client in his care in 2021, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities say 39-year-old Eugene Gatling was working as a massage therapist at a spa in south Charlotte when he sexually assaulted a client after she fell asleep on the massage table on January 13, 2021.
Officials say Gatling assaulted another woman less than seven months earlier at a different location. It is unclear what the result of that case was.
In January 2023, a jury found Gatling guilty of second-degree forcible sex offense and sexual battery, the DA’s office reports. The jury agreed with the State that the incident was aggravated and that Gatling abused a “position of trust and confidence” during the assault.
According to the N.C. Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy, the board ordered that Gatling’s license be revoked on August 19, 2021, following a hearing on the incident. He was also ordered to pay a civil penalty of $1,000.
Gatling will be sentenced at another time.