Albuquerque acupuncturist arrested, charged with raping a client
January 10, 2019 06:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque acupuncturist has been arrested and accused of raping one of his clients.
Megumi Hirayama has been charged with criminal sexual penetration.
He didn't say a word as he surrendered himself to police Thursday.
Hirayama is a Japanese Acupuncturist in Albuquerque. His practice is located on Montgomery near Jefferson.
Police say they began to investigate in Aug. 2018 after a police report was filed by the alleged victim.
The woman said she visited the clinic to get treatment for her foot. However, she said Hirayama offered her "grief therapy" after she revealed that she had lost her son. Hirayama then allegedly forced her to strip and wear a gown before fondling her.
"She's absolutely traumatized by this event and is very brave of her to come forward," said Albuquerque police officer Simon Drobik.
DNA evidence was sent to APD's Crime Lab. Police say it tested positive for a male DNA profile matching Hirayama's known profile.
According to police, the "probability of selecting an unrelated individual at random and finding a match to this profile is 1 in 3.8 trillion."
A former patient, who didn't want to reveal his name, said he was shocked when he heard of the arrest.
"He's treated some of my family members, my wife included and one of my sons. And when I heard this news break today I just could not believe it," he said.
The man is confident his family was never victimized by Hirayama.
"He always treated them professionally," he said.
The Albuquerque Police Department is asking for potential victims to come forward.
Updated: January 10, 2019 06:17 PM
Created: January 10, 2019 11:09 AM
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