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DeKalb County massage therapist arrested for rape

A massage therapist in Butler, Indiana has been arrested for rape after a criminal investigation led police to his business.
James Whitman owns a massage therapy business in Butler, Indiana. He was arrested for rape Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

BUTLER, Ind. (WTHR) — A massage therapist in Butler, Indiana has been arrested for rape after a criminal investigation led police to his business.

The Indiana State Police began investigating Butler Creative Touch Massage this month after a woman reported non-consensual sexual activity while she was receiving a massage. During the investigation, another woman came forward, saying she had a similar experience at the massage parlor two years ago.

Police interviewed James Whitman, the owner of the business. Whitman has practiced massage therapy for more than 10 years in Butler. He is not licensed through the State of Indiana.

State police turned the investigation over to the DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office, who got an arrest warrant for Whitman. ISP detectives took him into custody Wednesday afternoon.

He now awaits an initial hearing for one county of felony rape.