Jury awards $140k in sexual assault of woman at Federal Way massage business

LH Foot Massage was found to have been negligent, causing two clients’ sexual assaults.

A jury awarded $140,000 on July 12 to a woman who was sexually assaulted by an unlicensed employee of LH Foot Massage in February 2018.

Renton resident Xioadong Yang, 49, was found guilty on Jan. 15 of forcibly sexually assaulting two clients on Dec. 25, 2017 and Feb. 24, 2018 at the Federal Way business. In both incidents Xiaodong massaged both women’s inner thighs and touched their genitalia with his fingers, according to charging documents. In the most recent case, he inserted several of his fingers into the client’s genitalia and touched her buttock several times during the two-hour assault.

The victim in the most recent case, Andrea Taylor, brought a civil suit against LH Foot Massage in April, which claimed the company was aware of at least two complaints of sexual misconduct by Yang and it did not warn its clients nor did it remove the employee. Yang told police he has no massage therapist license, but worked at LH Massage, located at 315o1 Pacific Highway S., six days per week and received payment for his massage services.

The jury found LH Foot Massage was negligent, which directly caused Taylor’s injuries, according to King County Superior Court documents.

The business did not respond to the Mirror’s request for comments.

Yang is currently serving two consecutive nine-month sentences via electronic home detention rather than in jail. He also has to register as a sex and kidnapping offender nationwide.

Yang is not allowed to work in the healthcare and massage fields without court approval.

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