A trip to Chen's Chinese Massage to deal with a lower back issue last week ended with a woman frozen in fear as she was allegedly raped on the massage table inside the Wangaratta business.
Ashraf Asla, 46, was arrested on Monday and refused bail in Benalla Magistrates Court on Tuesday because he was deemed to be too much of an unacceptable risk to allow back into the community.
Police have also alleged he had been stealing high-end prescription pain medication from his aged care patients during his work as a nurse at the Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre.
Detective Sergeant Jason Williams said Chen's Chinese Massage is owned by Asla's wife and when the other workers were busy on March 19, Asla was called in to massage the woman who would allegedly become is victim.
He said the woman was told to remove all her clothing, including her underwear, and a normal massage turned into rape that was described as "deliberate and vigorous".
Asla has been charged with seven counts of sexually penetrating the woman with his fingers and one count of sexually touching.
"The victim described she was petrified with fear and unable to move, just frozen to the bed," Detective Williams said.
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He said Asla gave the woman a card with his name and number on it before she left and asked her to contact him if she wanted another free massage. She went home and told her husband, and then reported the alleged rape to police.
Police asked the woman to text Asla and make another appointment, so they could monitor his responses.
Although Chen's Chinese Massage is closed as part of restrictions to deal with coronavirus, Asla allegedly told the woman he would be happy to do a closed-door appointment.
There were 77 text messages between them before Detective Williams said she should stop contact because it was causing her emotional distress.
Detective Williams said when speaking to police, Asla admitted he massaged the woman, but claimed she grabbed his hand and tried to make him touch her sexually.
Asla has also been charged with possessing pain medication such as temazepam and targin, allegedly found when police raided Asla's Wangaratta home.
"It's clearly apparent that medications measured for the people he's been caring for (at the nursing home) are being taken for his own use and these poor people are suffering without," Detective Williams said.
He said Asla often worked alone in contact with the aged care residents in the afternoons and evenings.
Solicitor Geoff Clancy said Asla did not have any criminal history since arriving in Australia from Israel in 2016, but had ties to the Wangaratta community with a wife and two children.
He argued the delays to the court system caused by coronavirus precautions was also a reason to grant bail, but magistrate Ian Watkins said this was not a compelling reason.
The case was adjourned until June.