A massage therapist who worked in Seal Beach pleaded guilty today to sexually assaulting three of his clients and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail.
Jason Michael Elliott, 29, of Sunset Beach, pleaded guilty to one felony count of sexual battery and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, according to Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods.
Elliott also will be put on three years of formal probation, will have to register as a sex offender and is barred from contacting the victims, Woods said. Elliott went into custody today, she added.
Three felony counts of assault with intent to commit a sex offense were dismissed, according to court records.
From Aug. 4, 2009, to April 29, 2010, Elliott worked as a masseuse at a Seal Beach Massage Envy location at 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., where he sexually assaulted the three women, according to prosecutors.
Elliott assaulted a 30-year-old woman at the business for a spa treatment on Sept. 30, 2009; a 33-year-old woman who came in for a massage Nov.8, 2009; and a 21-year-old woman who paid for a massage April 29, 2010, according to prosecutors.
The 33-year-old woman called Seal Beach police the same day, prosecutors said. As detectives investigated, they found two more victims.
Elliott was fired when his bosses found about the allegations.
As of July of last year, Elliott was no longer certified as a massagetherapist by the California Massage Therapy Council, according to prosecutors.
- City News Service