KEY POINTS

  • The unnamed victim was offered a massage and was inappropiately touched by the barber
  • Police said the 61-year-old Rey Domingo confessed to the incident after an investigation
  • Authorities are encouraging other victims to come forward 

A California barber has been arrested for sexual battery after he confessed to inappropriately touching a male client while giving him a massage, local police said.

Officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Detail arrested 61-year-old Rey Domingo on the afternoon of April 1 after police said he admitted to inappropriately touching one of his male clients after a haircut, according to a statement released by the Glendale Police Department.

The arrest stemmed from an unnamed victim's complaint sent to the police at around 9:00 p.m. on March 2 that accused Domingo of inappropriately touching him while giving him a massage. Police said an investigation revealed the victim was a longtime patron of Domingo's salon located along the S Artsakh Avenue and was attending his salon appointment when the incident occurred.

"The adult male victim attended the salon with an appointment to get his hair cut by [Domingo] whom he'd gone to for years to get his haircut," police said. After the haircut, police said Domingo, "Offered the male a massage." Authorities noted Domingo had never offered a massage before.

"During the massage the barber touched the male's genitalia when the male explicitly told him not to. The victim then pulled away, paid for his haircut, and left the salon," the police said.

After receiving the complaint, a detective from the department's Assaults Bureau conducted an investigation and obtained a confession from Domingo regarding the incident.

The department is still investigating the case and is encouraging other victims and people with more information to step forward and contact them.

"If you have been or know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault by Rey Domingo please call the Glendale Police Department’s Assaults Bureau," the police statement noted. 

barber-1017457_1280 61-year-old Rey Domingo, a barber, confessed to inappropriately touching one of his longtime patrons. Photo: Rudy and Peter Skitterians / Pixabay