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Swampscott nail salon employee pleads guilty to charges of groping female clients

SWAMPSCOTT — A former Humphrey Street nail salon employee has pleaded guilty to groping six women during massages.

Tuan Le Anh, 47, a Revere man who went by the name “David” to clients, pleaded guilty in Lynn District Court on Tuesday to nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, according to Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy.

Anh was a nail stylist at Lee Nail Salon, located at 244 Humphrey St.

In November 2017, a woman told police that Anh had groped her during a massage two months prior when she had a nail appointment. Since her accusations, five more women came forward accusing Anh of indecent massages, Cassidy said.

Anh pleaded out to 2½ years, with six months and a day to be served. He must register as a sex offender, according to police.

The first woman told police she had received a massage from Anh in the past, but on that occasion, he allegedly reached underneath her bra and down the back of her pants to her buttocks. He shut the front shades of the business before starting the massage.

Another woman told police in August of last year she was left alone with Anh. She had a dress on and wasn’t wearing underwear. He told police she had been getting a pedicure and had the dress tucked under her legs, but during the pedicure, Anh massaged her leg, and went up and brushed his hands against her genital area, court documents show.

Other women reported similar encounters.

The case was investigated by Swampscott Police Officer Steve Luck, Detective Candace Doyle and Cassidy.

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