PORTLAND, Oregon - On Wednesday March 9, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested 32-year-old Benjamin Thomas Collura after receiving a report that he sexually abused a massage client at a Southwest Portland spa.
Collura was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree and Sex Abuse in the Third Degree.
The investigation began in late February 2016, after police were contacted by a 31-year-old female who told police that she'd received a massage at the River's Edge Hotel & Spa, located at 455 Southwest Hamilton Court. The victim told police that her massage therapist, Collura, sexually abused her during the massage.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Collura previously worked at two Massage Envy locations between 2010 and 2013, one in John's Landing in Southwest Portland and one in the Lloyd District in Northeast Portland. Based on the investigation, detectives believe there may be other victims that have not reported the abuse to police.
Anyone with information about Collura or anyone who was a victim of his abuse should contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595,firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.
A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.
Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3222.
Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.
Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.
Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.
To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength