Tuesday, March 18, 2014
MASSAGE THERAPIST CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CLIENT
State vs. William Stringfellow
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by jury trial in the sexual assault case against a massage therapist. Jurors returned a guilty verdict Monday against 35-year-old William Stringfellow on a single charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery in connection with an assault against a female client.
The incident occurred on December 18, 2010 at the Carmia Drive location of the Massage Envy franchise in Atlanta. The 21-year-old victim received the massage as a birthday gift from a friend. The massage was a first time experience for her. Once inside the private room, Defendant Stringfellow, who was assigned as the woman’s massage therapist, proceeded to massage the victim and shortly afterwards began to touch her inappropriately. Stringfellow first fondled the victim and then forcibly performed various sexual acts upon the young victim even after she repeatedly told him to “stop.” The victim left and later called police from a local hospital where she was being examined and reported the incident. Stringfellow was arrested following an extensive investigation.
Stringfellow is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Brian Ross with assistance from Senior ADA John Williams and DA Investigator Cindy Williamson all of whom are assigned to the Crimes against Women and Children Unit. Sergeant Jackie Diederich of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.