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Massage therapist accused of sexual assault

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A massage therapist accused of sexual assault was arrested Wednesday.

Patrick Lockard, 46, of Shingle Springs is suspected of the false imprisonment and sexual battery of a female client, El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker said.

The woman told deputies she was receiving a massage from Lickard at Massage Envy in El Dorado Hills when he held her down and sexually battered her, Becker said.

Sheriff's detectives investigated the woman's claims and eventually arrested Lockard on Wednesday.

Lockard has been a massage therapist for 16 years and has never been charged or convicted of a criminal offense, Lockard's Attorney Robert Blasier said.

Blasier said in a statement that the incident was a completely consensual encounter between Lockard and the woman.

"Mr. Lockard remained completely clothed during the entire incident. He at no time initiated any inappropriate contact with this alleged victim," Blasier said in a statement.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff's office at (530) 642-4715.