Police say ‘narcotics’ are used during SC massage to make customers ‘helpless’

A South Carolina spa worker used an “intoxicating substance” to make a customer “helpless,” authorities said.

Now, the massage therapist is charged with sexual battery, and officers believe more victims at the Forever Young Day Spa may be connected to the case, according to the Spartanburg Police Department.

The therapist — whom officers identified as Doc Arnolds Pilgram — was arrested and charged with a sex offense. Police did not list his attorney information in a July 25 news release.

In a statement, Forever Yung Day Spa said its providers are independent contractors, but are vetted to ensure they meet state standards.

“Forever Young Day Spa prides itself on serving clients with excellent customer care,” owner Jessica Eisen wrote in an email to McClatchy News. “Clients come to rejuvenate and have a ‘resort close to home’ experience. It is unfortunate that these allegations have been made at my place of business.

The criminal case dates back to July 14, when Spartanburg police were called to an alleged sexual assault at the spa. During a scheduled massage session, Pilgram is accused of committing sexual battery and rendering a man “mentally incapacitated and (physically) helpless by administering an intoxicating substance without consent.” “, according to officers.

“I am deeply saddened and concerned for the victim about these disturbing allegations,” Eason wrote in the spa’s statement. “I pray for the family regarding this situation and I hope they can find peace during this time.”

Pilgram was identified on July 15 and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, police said. The 52-year-old Inman man was taken to the Spartanburg County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing, and police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Spartanburg investigators at 864-596-2065 or 864-809-2273.

Police — who previously listed the massage therapist’s last name as “Pilgrim” in an arrest affidavit — did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ July 26 request for additional information.

If you have been sexually assaulted and need someone to talk to, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline for help. 1-800-656-4673 Or go to the hotline. Online chat room.

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