Aspen masseur in court for alleged sex-related offense |

Aspen masseur in court for alleged sex-related offense

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A masseur made his first court appearance Tuesday after he was arrested for allegedly fondling and kissing a female customer in Aspen.

Jia He Csi, 51, of Glenwood Springs, faces a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact in connection with the incident. He faces up to 18 months in jail and would have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely issued a mandatory protection order against Csi that forbids him from contacting the alleged victim. She issued the order at an afternoon hearing in Pitkin County Court.

Csi was arrested April 10 shortly after the victim reported the alleged incident to Aspen police. The woman told investigators that when she went to the business for a back massage, she was taken to a table behind a screen. At some point during the massage she was told to lie on her back, according to a police report. Csi then allegedly kissed her on the lips and forced his tongue into her mouth.

He then allegedly rubbed the woman underneath her breasts, pulled her yoga pants out and looked at her genitalia.

The victim could not communicate with Csi, who speaks only Mandarin Chinese. She then pushed herself away, covered herself and showed pictures of her children in what was an attempt to explain she was married, according to the report.

Csi is to next appear in court July 14. He was free on $1,000 bond.

In other court-related matters, Shane Aldrich, 48, was charged with violating bond conditions that stems from a failure to appear for a court hearing last month. He turned himself in to authorities April 21, about five hours after Fernandez-Ely issued a warrant for his arrest.

Aldrich was allegedly drunk when he turned himself in, which triggered the violation of bond. He apparently violated a protection order by contacting one of his Woody Creek neighbors March 20.

The April 21 hearing was for an alleged probation offense.

Aldrich is to next appear in court June 2. He was being held on $20,000 cash bond at the Pitkin County jail.

Also, a motion’s hearing was set in a case against Landin Smith, 44. The May 29 hearing will be held to address a defense request to dismiss a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact.

The count stems from a March 25 arrest and allegedly involves an incident with a 15-year-old girl in the vicinity of Rubey Park in Aspen. Two related felonies were previously dismissed.

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