Jury Finds Local Massage Therapist Guilty Of Sexual Battery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A jury found a local massage therapist guilty of inappropriately touching a woman during a massage.

Eric Stewart, 30, was tried for second-degree forcible sex offense and sexual battery.  The jury found him guilt of sexual battery and not guilty on the sex offense charge.

Eric Stewart

Stewart was sentenced to 60 days in the Mecklenburg County Jail but that sentence was suspended pending his successful completion of 24 months of supervised probation.

As a condition of his probation, Stewart must serve 15 days in jail, register as a sex offender for 30 years and surrender his massage therapy license.

Investigators say in January of 2016, the victim went to a Charlotte massage business for a massage and was touched inappropriately by Stewart.  During the trial, officials say three additional women testified before the jury about experiences of being inappropriately touched by Stewart during massages.