Masseur to prison for inappropriate touching

Lawrence Urban. (April 1, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids-area massage therapist who touched clients inappropriately is going to prison.

Lawrence Urban was sentenced Thursday to between 18 months and 15 years in a Michigan Department of Corrections facility.

Urban, 50, pleaded no contest in December 2013 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. In exchange, fourth-degree CSC charges in two cases were dropped.

Urban was arrested in March after a customer at Therapeutic Stress Free Massage Center in Cascade Township told police Urban touched her inappropriately during a massage.

Court documents said Urban had asked the customer if she wanted to be sexually touched, and she said that she did not. Urban admitted that he did it anyway.

A second woman later came forward and said Urban had assaulted her during a massage.

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