Lynnwood massage therapist accused of raping patient

EVERETT, Wash. -- A Snohomish County massage therapist was arrested Tuesday after a client told police he sexually assaulted her.

Police say 64-year-old Steven Cook was working at the Lynnwood Urgent Care and Chiropractic clinic on July 6 when he held down and sexually assaulted a female client.

The client called Lynnwood Police two days later to report the incident. She told officers she had been in a car accident in 2013 and a physician prescribed massage and chiropractic treatment.

Prior to the July 6 incident, she said had received three massages from Cook and all were completely professional.

On her fourth visit, the woman said Cook wanted to "try something different." He told the woman to remove her clothes and sit on the massage table so he could give her a "boxer's massage," according to court documents. The woman told police she wrapped a sheet around her body, but that Cook repeatedly asked her to remove it.

When she refused, Cook told her to lay face down on the massage table. She said Cook began to massage her, but the "contact felt different than the previous three massages," according to court documents.

She said Cook began to sexually molest her, and when she told him to stop and tried to get up, he held her down and said he wanted her to "feel good" and be "relaxed while she was here," according to police.

The woman told police she was in shock and scared that Cook could become violent if she tired to fight him off. She said Cook continued to sexually molest her for several minutes. He finally stopped when she said "this massage needs to end," according to police.

At that point, the woman said Cook suggested the two go out for lunch or dinner and that he wanted to get to know her better, according to police. The woman got dressed and was leaving the facility when Cook allegedly approached her in the reception area.

He said, "I'm so embarrassed. Will you forgive me," and then asked the woman to go out with him, according to police.

Over the next two days, Cook called the woman on her cell phone several times asking if she would forgive him, according court documents. The woman was afraid of what Cook would do next, so she called the police.

Officers contacted Cook at his office on Tuesday and asked him to describe his most recent appointment with the alleged victim. He told police the woman did not cover herself with a sheet and he didn't ask her to. He also said he touched her vagina during the massage, but he told police it was an accident, according to court documents.

Police arrested Cook and transported him to Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of second degree rape. His bail was set at $250,000.