Sebastian Pattavina, owner of the Mod Spa in Edgartown, was in court Monday on charges of indecent assault and battery. The charges stem from alleged sexual assaults on two separate occasions.
Pattavina, a massage therapist, was arrested on Sept. 26 and arraigned the following day in Edgartown District Court on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years old or over. One of the complaints was filed by one of Pattavina’s female employees at the Mod Spa.
According to the police report, the employee informed the police Pattavina offered her a massage during her first weeks of employment, and then touched her inappropriately and without her consent.
The employee shared that incident when Pattavina was accused of another sexual assault on Sept. 12 during a couple’s massage at the Mod Spa, according to police records.
In the report, the employee said she was massaging the man while Pattavina was massaging the woman in a separate room when the alleged assault occurred.
A second complaint was later filed by the wife in a phone interview with the police. The woman told police she would have reported it sooner, but she was “scared.”
Pattavina appeared in Edgartown District Court Monday for a pretrial hearing, but was rescheduled to appear on Friday, Dec. 28.