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Menlo Park man arrested on sexual battery charges

Palo Alto police have arrested a massage therapist on charges of misdemeanor sexual battery of four young women in 2012.


Rajesh Kumar Vishasht (Photo: Palo Alto police)
Rajesh Kumar Vashisht, 35, of Menlo Park was arrested Dec. 19 and charged in connection with sexually battery on a woman in her late teens while he was an employee of La Belle Day Spa & Salon at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, police said. A subsequent investigation led to charges in connection with sexually battery on three other women, between 20 and 30 years old, when he worked at the same salon's Stanford Shopping Center location, police said.

Mr. Vashisht was no longer an employee at the salon by the time the last three investigations were disclosed, police said.

Police presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which filed the misdemeanor sexual battery charges against Mr. Vashisht. He surrendered to police on Dec. 18 and was released after posting bail.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about Mr. Vashisht call (650) 329-2413, send a text message to or leave a voice-mail message at (650) 383-8984, or send an anonymous tip to paloalto@tipnow.org.

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