Former Saanich massage therapist facing voyeurism charge

Former Saanich massage therapist facing voyeurism charge
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Saanich police say one man is facing a voyeurism charge after an arrest on Aug. 10.

A former massage therapist in Saanich is facing a voyeurism charge after he was arrested on Aug. 10.

Gilles-Phillipe Lavoie, 48, has been charged with one count of secretly observe/record nudity in a private place. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 25 after a court appearance in October.

Saanich police said on Aug. 10, an incident was reported to them.

Lavoie, who was conducting his practice at a clinic in Saanich, was arrested that same day. He was later released with conditions and a court date in early October.

Saanich police say they are still investigating and this is believed to be a single incident.

“This is an extremely disturbing incident that is alleged to have occurred and we have provided
support to the victim involved,” Const. Markus Anastasiades, Public Information and Communications Officer for Saanich police said in a statement.

“We must appreciate and respect the privacy involved here, so we are not sharing any further details of the incident.”

According to the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, Gilles-Philippe (Phil) Lavoie voluntarily resigned his registration with the college on Aug. 28 during an investigation of a complaint arising from his conduct while practicing massage therapy.

The college says Lavoie is not authorized to practice as a registered massage therapist in British Columbia. He may not use the titles “registered massage therapist”, “massage therapist”, “registered massage practitioner”, or “massage practitioner”, or any abbreviations of those titles.

The college notes that the resignation of registration is not an admission of misconduct or wrongdoing.

“The allegations made against the former registrant remain unproven unless they are admitted by the former registrant or unless a Discipline Committee panel makes a finding at any discipline hearing that may relate to this matter,” the college states on its website. 


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