Vancouver massage therapist sentenced to nearly 7½ years

first_imgMurmurs of approval rippled through the courtroom as the judge handed down a nearly 7½-year sentence Friday to a Vancouver massage therapist who inappropriately touched more than a dozen female clients.Valentin Delgado, 41, pleaded with Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis to have “compassion and mercy” on him, and said a lengthy sentence would only harm his family’s livelihood.Lewis said he could not overlook the number of women Delgado victimized, the fact that he abused a position of trust or that he’s shown little accountability for his actions.“It’s clear still you’re in deep denial. … It’s always someone else’s fault,” he told Delgado.Delgado pleaded guilty in July to three counts of indecent liberties without forcible compulsion, bail jumping and 10 counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. He victimized 13 clients, some who were pregnant, according to the prosecution.However, when it came time for sentencing, Delgado requested to withdraw his guilty plea and argued that his attorney at the time had coerced him into taking a plea deal.last_img

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