Judge revokes bond of former massage therapist facing sexual assault charges


A judge ruled to revoke his bond and put him immediately back behind bars, based on the Atlanta woman's story.
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 12:06 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Davidson County judge has revoked the bond of former massage therapist Tarek Mentouri after ruling he had violated the terms of his probation.

WSMV4 Investigates recently reported that Mentouri was accused by a woman in Atlanta of stalking her.

A series of WSMV4 Investigations revealed that multiple women in the Midstate accused him of sexually touching himself or them during massages or job interviews, but he wasn’t arrested or had his license revoked until WSMV exposed the accusations.

Mentouri was allowed to move to Atlanta to care for his ailing mother while awaiting trial.

One of his bond conditions was he couldn’t use Facebook.

The latest claim is now the third Atlanta woman to have complained about Mentouri’s actions, both saying that he offered to massage them.

A Nashville judge ruled earlier this year that Mentouri was not violating bond if he was offering free massages.

In court Wednesday morning, Sara Hayes from Duluth, Georgia, spoke on Zoom about why she obtained an order of protection against Mentouri.

In documentation filed in her order of protection, she writes that she considers herself a stalking victim, testified in court that she gave her number to Mentouri even though she didn’t want to because “she’s too nice to be mean.”

It was then that she said she found his “Only Fans” account in which the handle is called “The Virgin R8pist.”

Hayes also said he used a fake name in contacting her: Issac Mento.

“I’m afraid of him. through this entire time he has yet to say who he actually is,” Hayes testified in court.

Hayes said she tried to ghost him, but he found her on Facebook and Facebook messaged her.

She testified that Mentouri then texted both herself and her mother, even though she never gave him her mother’s number.

She also said in court that he emailed them both as well.

“One day he messaged me on Facebook and I saw somewhere, after I found out about his charges, that he wasn’t supposed to be on there,” Hayes testified.

Among Mentouri’s bond conditions: stay off Facebook.

“This behavior that is indicating of a threat that this defendant still poses to this community,” said Sarah Butler, assistant district attorney in Davidson County

But Joseph Morrissey, Mentouri’s attorney, argued that Facebook and Facebook messenger are two separate apps.

“(Facebook Messenger) is not a website he’s banned from using,” Morrissey said.

Morrissey also grilled Hayes about her order of protection, pointing out that she never explicitly told Mentouri to leave her alone.

“Did you ever say, ‘Do not contact me?’” asked Morrissey.

“I did not, but I did block him,” Hayes said.

Judge Jennifer Smith then ruled that by using Facebook Messenger, he violated the terms of his probation.

“The court will no longer take any additional chances with Mr. Mentouri while this case is pending,” Smith said.

Mentouri was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Downtown Detention Center.