Assault details surface as bond is set for massage therapist

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Bond was set at $50,000 Wednesday for Melvin Buffington, 62, a massage therapist accused of sexual assault.

During the bond hearing, prosecutors detailed a January 12th incident in which a client went in for a deep tissue massage. Prosecutors allege that Buffington massaged a "private area" over clothing and then "digitally penetrated" her. She reportedly asked if that was customary and prosecutors said he replied, "no," and apologized.

Buffington was arrested on Monday. He faces one count of First Degree Sexual Assault and six counts of Third Degree Sexual Assault.

On February 11, a victim told police that Buffington sexually assaulted her during a scheduled massage appointment at Oasis Massage & Spa in January. During their investigation a second incident of sexual assault was reported. The second victim told investigators she was assaulted on February 15th. She told police she was also assaulted during a massage appointment at the Oasis location on N. 132nd Street.

Police say Oasis Massage & Spa has cooperated with their investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding incidents similar to these is encouraged to call the Child Victim / Sexual Assault Squad at (402) 444-5636. Or Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP.

Buffington's next court appearance is scheduled for March 19th.