By Mike Linn
PNT Managing Editor
Police have charged a Portales massage therapist with criminal sexual penetration stemming from an incident that occurred Saturday morning at Creative Images.
James Fogg, 62, owner of Creative Images on West Second Street, is accused of penetrating a female customer’s vaginal area with his fingers near the end of a 1 1/2-hour massage session, according to a police report.
Fogg is charged with a third-degree felony in connection with the crime and if found guilty could face up to three years in prison.
“We haven’t had anything like this occur recently, and unfortunately it has a lot of affect on the entire community and it’s not very comfortable,” said Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department. “We have to be just and treat it fairly.”
Joyce Fogg, the wife of the accused, said neither she nor her husband wanted to comment on the charges.
Fogg’s attorney, Stephen Doerr, said it was too early to comment on the case.
In the police report, the woman stated she felt very relaxed at the time of the incident, and it took her a few minutes to realize what was happening.
Fogg started massaging the woman’s face, then her stomach, eventually removed the woman’s towel and criminally penetrated her vaginal area with his fingers for a few minutes, the police report states.
The woman then pushed Fogg away, the police report states.
Fogg then replied, “I’m sorry I crossed the line,” the report alleges.
On Monday, Fogg told police the woman enticed him with her body movements and actions during the massage, according to the report.
After an arrest warrant was issued, Fogg turned himself in at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Tuesday and was released later that day on $5,000 cash surety, Berry said.