SARASOTA, FL. -- February 27, 2018 -- 1:45 p.m.
Ruslan Grushco, 44, turned himself into the Sarasota County Jail this morning, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and was charged with battery following inappropriate conduct with massage clients.
A warrant was issued for Grushco on February 22nd after a third victim came forward after seeing multiple news reports about the arrest of Grushco in early February. The victim told Detectives that Grushco touched her inappropriately during a massage appointment booked through the online app ‘Thumbtack’ in January 2018.
Grushco now has a total of three charges for battery and is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail.
SARASOTA, FL. -- February 12, 2018 -- 3 p.m.
Ruslan Grushco, 44, was arrested again this afternoon and charged with an additional charge of battery after a second victim came forward in this case. Grushco now has a total of two charges of battery.
Sarasota Police Detectives still believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information on this case to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
SARASOTA, FL – February 12, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.
Ruslan Grushco, 44, has been arrested and charged with battery following a massage session he was conducting at Massage Envy, where he was an employee at the time. Massage Envy has been cooperative in assisting Sarasota Police detectives in this case and detectives believe there may be additional victims.
The victim reported she was battered by Grushco during a massage session at Massage Envy, 1279 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Grushco told the victim he had low vision and was legally blind. The victim told detectives during her 90-minute session, Grushco lifted the sheet higher than normal. The victim also said Grushco placed his hands in areas she is not normally accustomed to during the massage session.
During the session, the victim told detectives Grushco continued to touch her inappropriately and she asked him to stop. Grushco asked the victim if she was sure she wanted him to stop and he continued to touch her inappropriately. At the end of the session, Grushco solicited the victim for her information to become a private client.
Grushco is no longer employed by Massage Envy because he solicited clients during his employment with Massage Envy which is against their policy. Additional statements have been gathered by detectives from former instructors, clients and co-workers who advised of inappropriate and unprofessional conduct involving Grushco.
Sarasota Police Detectives are partnering with the FL Department of Health on this case. Any inquiries regarding Gruscho’s license, please contact Brad Dalton, Deputy Press Secretary for the FL Department of Health at 850-245-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Detectives believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
To file a complaint against a healthcare practitioner or establishment in the State of Florida, please visit www.flhealthcomplaint.gov .