Kansas investigates massage therapist

A man recently charged with a child sex crime provided massage services to some University of Kansas women’s athletic teams since 2015, the school’s chancellor and athletics director said.

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March 6, 2020 - 3:20 PM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man recently charged with a child sex crime provided massage services to some University of Kansas women’s athletic teams since 2015, the school’s chancellor and athletics director said.

Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement Thursday that they were “deeply troubled” by initial findings of an internal inquiry into massage therapist Shawn O’Brien.

O’Brien, 48, of Lawrence, was charged Feb. 21 with one count of indecent liberties with a child after a girl accused him of touching her sexually seven or eight years ago under the guise of a “massage.” O’Brien also allegedly told her that she shouldn’t tell anyone what happened because he said massages were “really expensive” and she was “lucky” to get one for free.

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