Worker At Logan Airport Massage Studio Charged With Raping Customer

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts State Police arrested a man who works at a massage studio inside Logan Airport, charging him with raping a customer.

Darnell Williams, 29, of Boston was arrested Wednesday on one count of rape. He works at Be Relax Massage Studio inside Terminal B.

A 25-year-old woman at the airport from out of state was receiving a massage while waiting for her flight on Sunday night.

The woman told police that about 35 minutes into her hour-long massage, she was raped digitally while lying face down on the massage table.

Police said the woman told Williams to stop the massage. He allegedly continued to touch her inappropriately before leaving the room.

The victim, who police say was “distraught” after the incident, became physically ill in the airport, and again during her flight.

When the woman arrived at home, she told a family member what happened and called State Police on Monday.

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Darnell Williams appears in court on May 25, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Police found that Williams was the only employee working at Be Relax Sunday night, and he matched the victim’s description.

Williams was arraigned Thursday in East Boston District Court and ordered held on $5,000 bail. If he makes bail, Williams must wear a GPS monitor and remain on home confinement.

Walking out of court, Williams’ mother said only that her son has a clean criminal record. Williams has never been arrested previously.

“This is the first time something like this has happened,” his mother said.

Williams allegedly told investigators that the incident happened “accidentally” and that the victim “was a pretty girl,” according to the police report.

Nicholas Briest, the CEO of Spa Atlantic, said in a statement that Williams has worked at the company for over five years and has never had a disciplinary issue.

“We were shocked to learn of these allegations against our employee, and are cooperating fully with all authorities. During their investigation this employee will have no access to any of our facilities or other secured areas of Logan International Airport.,” said Briest.

Be Relax has locations at several airports throughout the country.

State Police reiterated that Williams is not an employee of Massachusetts Port Authority. He is employed by Be Relax, which is a sub-tenant of Airmall, the company responsible for managing businesses inside Logan Airport.

“We would like to thank the Massachusetts State Police Troop F for their prompt action in identifying and arresting this individual,” Massport said in a statement. “Based on their investigation, the individual’s access badge has been permanently removed. We have brought the seriousness of this charge to his employer.”

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  1. I smell bogus accusation.

    1. Net Netty says:

      Just dont smell that finger. Unless thats your thing

    2. I agree with you!! I have a wife and a mother and both of them would have yelled and called the police right then. This guy has never been in problems with the law. Who goes home and gets their story lined up and then calls the police. You do it right when it happens anyone knows that. Smells fishy!

  2. I smell a legitimate accusation. I also smell an apologist for rapists on this thread.

  3. Unless there was video surveillance or DNA evidence, it’s one person’s word against another.

  4. Did I ever tell you about that time I paid a perfect stranger to put their hands all over me? That wasn’t creepy at all!

  5. Doug Jones says:

    Masseuse is female. Masseur is male. A particular pet peeve of mine.

  6. Gene Galka says:

    “The woman told police that about 35 minutes into her hour-long massage, she was raped while lying face down on the massage table.

    Police said the woman told Williams to stop the massage. He allegedly continued to touch her inappropriately before leaving the room.

    The victim, who police say was “distraught” after the incident, became physically ill in the airport, and again during her flight.”

    I think if she was in the process of being “raped” she wouldn’t have been worried about the just stopping the massage.
    In past cases like this, a woman who find herself outside her personal boundaries either because of naivety or a physical consequence of teasing, always never first think of the police as their first response. They go home and instead of first stating the truth they first say to family an assaulted occurred. Which then emotionally escalates into “rape.”
    Sometime we should instead wait for all the evidence to be told by all involved before judging just for the appearance of being on the high road.

    Hopefully a “rape-kit” was used at the local hospital or clinic.

    1. Ella Ballard says:

      A rape kit looks for DNA evidence like semen or hair, or possibly residue from a condom. What on earth kind of evidence would there be of penetration by a finger? There wouldn’t be any physical damage.

      And as for asking him to stop — um, yes, that’s totally normal. If this was a full body massage, she’d be at least partially undressed — meaning she couldn’t just run away. If she was vomiting immediately after and on the plane, I’d say she had a strong enough emotional reaction to the assault, anyway, without assuming that she was hyped up by family members.

  7. A Black? NO WAY! He dinnt du nuffin!

  8. Tony Konte says:

    He was a gentle Masseur who loved Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea and he was starting his 1st day at the college tomorrow.

    1. His grandmother described him as “a good boy” who used to go to church.

  9. Jesse McKay says:

    Your first clue may have been the name of the Massage Service…”Be Relax”. Nothing says legit massage like Ebonics branding…

  10. Kurt Frommd says:

    I don’t understand why she waited to get home before calling the police when she had probably a dozen cops within shouting distance of that massage joint.

  11. Story headline said “masseuse” which suggested the rapist was female. Is it possible this young man is a transgender?

  12. So the guy has no criminal record and has been working as a masseur for 5 years without a complaint.

    I think that at the very least the guy deserves the benefit of the doubt. Although ultimately it will come down to his word against hers.

    So lets see what her history is. Has she ever sued for a slip and fall incident? Has she ever accused anyone else of rape?

    Time will tell. But lets not forget that this guy is innocent until proven guilty.

  13. Tamer Matar says:

    What “digitally” means?

    1. John F Robin says:

      Tamer, “digitally” means using a finger.

  14. Jake Olade says:

    I don’t think the kid did anything not right. I think this gal is looking for money and settlement. I don’t think the kid would be dumb enough to jeopardize his life to vibrate someone in the wrong place.

  15. Steve Bishop says:

    If it’s as simple as making a claim, think how many corrupt cops there are waiting for someone to make a similar claim…What would stop them? and would the cop be convicted? No! There’s no proof it ever occurred. If this person says he stopped when she said stop which is probably the case, this would lead nowhere. In Pensacola Florida a deputy offered a ride home to an intoxicated girl, he then had sex with her in his patrol car and she claimed rape! He had to admit it happened but said it was consensual, how does an intoxicated girl give consent? She can’t. The outcome? It was fine for an officer to have sex w/ a drunk girl in his patrol car…I kid you not! This massage person won’t be found guilty if he doesn’t admit to continuing or advancing any sexual advances, there’s simply no proof. If he gets convicted I hope 1000’s of people make claims against corrupt cops for sexual attacks. It would be more likely to be true.

  16. Steve Bishop says:

    If Darnel stays quiet and gets a lawyer, he won’t be found guilty

  17. If it was my wife she would have said something very loud right then! Her first thought would have been to call the police!! Why would you wait if this happened to you? Sounds pretty strange to me. Also why would you get a man to do this if your a woman? Me I always get women to do this to me. The man has never been arrested in his life so what he is black. I say lets wait and see what happens. OK?

  18. Don Gillies says:

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT COLOR HE WAS?

  19. Kim Madigan says:

    For everyone saying “benefit of the doubt” and “settlement”, you must have missed this part: “Williams allegedly told investigators that the incident happened “accidentally” and that the victim “was a pretty girl,” according to the police report.” Ok, so it definitely happened by his own admission. Now, whether you believe in ‘accidental’ rape or not would depend on your IQ I guess. I doubt a jury would buy it.

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