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Massage therapist who inappropriately touched customers, fled state pleads guilty

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Valentin Delgado (Photos: Vancouver PD) Valentin Delgado (Photos: Vancouver PD)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver massage therapist who was on the run for months after accusations he inappropriately touched customers pleaded guilty to multiple charges in court.

Valentin Delgado was originally arrested in March 2015. He was scheduled to appear in court in April 2015, but he didn't show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Border patrol agents caught Delgado in El Centro, California in August 2015. He was extradited back to Clark County the following month.

Court documents state complaints from Delgado's customers included failing to cover their bodies in a professional manner, leaving massage oil in inappropriate places on their bodies and tucking the cover sheet inappropriately into their underclothing.

After his initial arrest, more people came forward alleging inappropriate contact by Delgado.

Police said Delgado, owner of Massage by Valentin, worked at five other spas in southwest Washington, including Hand and Stone, Spoiled Spa and Salon and Elements Therapeutic Massage in Vancouver, Bridge Chiropractic in Salmon Creek and Estetica Day Spa in Longview.

Delgado pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of felony indecent liberties, 10 counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and bail jumping.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 9. Prosecutors are recommending seven years in prison and sex offender registration for Delgado.  

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