NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The 17-count indictment against Tarek Mentouri shows 13 women came to detectives with accounts of being sexually assaulted, raped and harassed by the former massage therapist.
Our News4 Investigation has found 18 women making claims that Mentouri sexually touched them or himself during massages or job interviews.
A former massage therapist arrested for a second time on Thursday afternoon following several investigations by News 4.
In the last month, a 19thwoman contacted News4 Investigates making the same claims, but News4 has not corroborated her claims.
When asked about the differences in numbers, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said the investigation is still ongoing.
The indictments state that the 13 women, identified only by their initials, endured unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual penetration and alarming communication at Mentouri's hands.
Mentouri was arrested on Thursday at his home on Glade Street in North Nashville where one of his massage businesses was located.
An 11-month investigation by News4 Investigates uncovered women began filing complaints with police and the state in 2018, but Mentouri’s license wasn’t stripped until last summer after our investigations began to air.
An analysis by News4 Investigates shows despite multiple complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior and even being convicted of sex crimes, and massage therapists have kept their state licenses for several months and even years afterward.
After his license was stripped, News4 Investigates also found him continuing to book massage appointments.
Even with his massage license revoked and an obituary online, one man is alive and still giving out massages in Nashville.
Mentouri remains in the Davidson County jail on a $500,000 bond.