Didsbury RCMP - Voyeurism Charges Laid Against Carstairs Massage Therapist

Didsbury RCMP and the RCMP Southern Alberta Serious Crimes Branch investigators have charged a Carstairs massage therapist after video recordings of female clients were discovered on a lap top computer.

Police say on October 30th, Didsbury RCMP were contacted by a computer IT repair technician who reported he had been contracted to repair a laptop.
While making the repair, the technician discovered video files that concerned him. The technician provided the computer in question to police and an investigation was launched. 

On November 1st, Mark Henning Oliver Blessmann was brought before a justice of the peace and charged with two counts of Voyeurism. He has been released from custody and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on November 6th at 1 O'clock in Didsbury Provincial Court.

On November 2nd, RCMP served a search warrant on a Carstairs residence where the accused operated a massage therapy clinic named Blessmann's Day Spa.

The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta has been notified of the allegations and has suspended Mark Blessmann's license to practice.

Police say at this time, investigators believe that video recordings of female clients were made without the knowledge or consent of the client.
Specialized investigators from the RCMP Tech Crimes unit will continue to analyze the computer files and clinic records to identify those clients who were victimized. Investigators will be in contact with any identified victims and additional charges may be laid as the investigation unfolds.

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