Massage Therapist Charged With Criminal Sexual Contact And Sexual Assault

June 7, 2023

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On June 6, 2023, the Wall Township Police Department charged Stefan J. Barnes Jr., 31-years-old, of Manchester, with criminal sexual contact and sexual assault following an investigation of an incident that took place on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Massage Heights located at 2157 State Highway 35 in Wall Township.

            On May 23, 2023, Patrolman David Smithman, interviewed a 23-year-old woman at Wall Township Police Headquarters, who stated that earlier in the evening she had attended a massage session at Massage Heights and that Mr. Barnes, who is employed there, was her massage therapist.  During the massage, Barnes allegedly touched her inappropriately in the groin area on two separate occasions during the session.

            The investigation conducted by Wall Township Police Department’s Patrolman David Smithman and Detective Shane Roland led to the arrest of Mr. Barnes on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.  Barnes was taken into custody without incident and was later transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

            The Wall Township Police Department is encouraging anyone who may have been victimized by Stefan J. Barnes Jr. to call Detective Shane Roland directly at: (732) 449-4500 ext. 1190.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and New Jersey State Law.