Chief of Police
30 Mt Vernon St.
Winchester, MA 01890
For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
*Joint Press Release* Winchester Police Arrest Massage Therapist on Multiple Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery
Police Asking Any Other Potential Victims to Come Forward
WINCHESTER – Winchester Chief of Police Peter MacDonnell and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that ALEXANDER OSHER, AGE 48, OF LYNN was arraigned on Thursday, Jan. 19 in Woburn District Court.
OSHER was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 in connection with three alleged incidents of sexual assaults of the defendant’s massage clients.
Authorities believe that there may be additional victims in this case, and they are asking anyone who may be a victim to contact the Winchester Police Department.
Judge Dennis Curran set bail at $1,000 cash and ordered the defendant to surrender his passport, to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, to not leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to observe a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., to not work as a licensed massage therapist, to not seek or maintain employment in any establishment offering massage therapy, to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victims, to stay away from the Winchester Wellness Center and to not commit any new crimes. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Monday, Feb. 13.
“We are extremely grateful to the victims who have come forward to assist the Winchester Police Department and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in charging this suspect,” Chief MacDonnell said. “We believe that there are more victims out there, and it is our hope that the bravery of the three victims who came to the police will empower others to do the same.”
“Three women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault perpetrated by the defendant,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Based on the similar statements given by the women who reported the defendant’s alleged actions, we have cause to be concerned that there may be additional victims out there. We encourage anyone who feels they may have also been a victim of an indecent sexual assault to not hesitate to contact the Winchester Police Department.”
Anyone with information or who may wish to come forward can come to the Winchester Police Department or call Winchester Police Detectives at 781-729-0238.
From Dec. 15, 2016 to Jan. 16, 2017, the Winchester Police Department received three separate complaints from women stating that during their visit to the Winchester Wellness Center, where the defendant worked as a licensed masseuse, they had been inappropriately touched during their massages. Following the investigation, Winchester Police arrested the defendant on Jan. 18.
This is an open and ongoing investigation. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Jason Chandler.