Trial set in sexual assault case against Cloquet massage therapist
Shuwen Liang, while working at Hong Kong Spa, was accused of sexually assaulting a client in August 2021.
CARLTON — A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a massage at the Hong Kong Spa in 2021 is scheduled for a trial May 1.
Shuwen Liang, 54, of Cloquet, has been charged with a felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct and if convicted could face 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman said she was having sciatic nerve issues, so she scheduled a massage with Liang at the spa.
The woman stated she had prior massages with Liang, but at the August 2021 appointment, the woman said Liang tried to arouse her. She told authorities she "freaked out" about what was happening and her body froze, according to the complaint.
When she asked Liang what he was doing, he allegedly apologized and left the room.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.