Massage Therapist Sentenced for Inappropriate Touching

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jan 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-31 22:56:54-05
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Kent County Jail Mugshot, March 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  Massage therapist Lawrence Urban was sentenced to between 18 months and 15 years in prison Thursday for inappropriately touching clients.

His Kent County Jail mugshot was seen around the country.  Shortly after the arrest in March 2013, comedian Daniel Tosh featured Urban’s picture on his Comedy Central television show Tosh.O.

Urban, 50, was arrested after a customer told police that he touched her inappropriately during a massage at Therapeutic Stress-Free Massage, 6701 Old 28th St. SE.


January 30, 2014

Following that accusation, another woman came forward in April.  The victims found Urban after purchasing massages through deal on Groupon.

He pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in December. In exchange, prosecutors dropped three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.