Massage therapist arrested for sexual battery at Plaza-Midwood massage studio

- A massage therapist in Plaza-Midwood has been arrested for sexual battery and assault on a female. 

The police report obtained by FOX 46 Charlotte said a 41-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted inside the Okra yoga studio during a massage on Commonwealth Avenue. 

Russell Todd Sanders, 46, was arrested and is currently facing charges for sexual battery and assault against a female. Sanders has since been fired from Okra Charlotte Yoga on Commonwealth Avenue, according to sources. His photo is no longer on the Okra website.

The alleged assault happened on April 7 but the victim didn't file the report until Tuesday, April 18. 

According to the website for the business, they offer yoga classes and personal massages. 

"To me it is very surprising in that sense, because if you are in a state of mind to where you are healthy and are active it usually doesn't happen in those sort of atmospheres," a resident said. 

The victim said she wasn't hurt. FOX 46 Charlotte stopped by the yoga studio and was told by employees the owner was out of town. They were unaware of the alleged sexual assault and one employee said they haven't been contacted by police. 

The reported sexual assault has women in Plaza-Midwood thinking twice before going anywhere. 

"I think it's very important for women to have company and never go alone anywhere," another said. 

FOX 46 Charlotte left contact information with employees, but have not heard back from the owner. 

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