News Story


Thousand Oaks Investigators Arrest Massage Therapist for Sexual Assault
4/9/2015 1:09:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Massage Therapist Arrest

Report Number:



Massage Envy, 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. #1, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


Date & Time:


Unit Responsible:

East County Sexual Assault Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Sperling, Gary

(V) Female

Woodland Hills, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA






On 4-4-15, the female victim went to the Massage Envy for a massage.  During the massage, the suspect sexually assaulted the female victim.  Investigators with the East County Major Crimes, Sexual Assault Unit, conducted an investigation and identified (S) Gary Sperling as the suspect.


On 4-8-15, Sperling was interviewed and ultimately arrested for one count of PC 286(g) / Sodomy of an Incompetent Person and one count of PC 288(c)(2) / Lewd Act on Dependent Adult.  Sperling also told Investigators he has worked as a massage therapist at several Massage Envy locations for nine years.


Sperling was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura on $100,000.00 bail.


At this time, Investigators are not aware of any additional victims.  Anyone who may have information about this suspect is asked to contact East County Major Crimes Detective Eric Taylor at 805-371-8397 or


Prepared by:

Sergeant Robert Fleming


Media Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Tim Lohman




Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).