Norman Nail

Norman Nail 

A Mid-City massage therapist facing felony sexual battery charges stemming from a 2016 arrest was booked on additional charges this week, after at least two additional women reported to police that he touched them inappropriately during their massage sessions.

Norman Nail, 53, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of sexual battery, court records show. Nail, who operated the Mid-City salon Advanced Healing Massage at 4710 Canal Street, is facing three additional counts of sexual battery related to earlier accusations from other women dating from a December 2016 arrest.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant on the latest counts, NOPD Detective Claudia Bruce was contacted by one of the alleged victims, who said she went to see Nail at his Mid-City massage business on two separate occasions "two to three years ago."

During the first visit, Nail acted appropriately with her, the woman told police, but she said that on her second visit Nail “massaged her breast area,” after which she advised him that she was uncomfortable. After that, the woman said Nail began to “rub her buttocks and went up the crack of her buttocks,” and attempted to penetrate her using his finger, according to the warrant.

The victim told police she did not report the incident to police, but decided not to return. After the victim read news reports of Nail’s pending charges, the woman said she decided to contact authorities.

In the second incident, a separate victim told detective Bruce that she had visited Nail for massages, first at his home and later at his business, for about two years and said he never touched her inappropriately.

During her last session, which she guessed was around the last week of November or beginning of December in 2013, the woman said Nail commented on her weight loss. She told police that while she was lying face up, Nail touched her inappropriately on her genitals.

The woman said she immediately got up and stated, “I am not sure what you are doing, but please stop; we are ending this session.” According to the warrant, Nail then replied, “I’m sorry, my hands guide me and they tell me what to do.”

The woman said that at the time of the incident she chose not to report it out of embarrassment and humiliation and said she had not received a massage since.

Court records show that on Thursday morning, Nail, who has been jailed since his arrest Tuesday, was booked on a additional count of sexual battery. Records with the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy show Nail's license to practice has been expired since March 2017.

No further details on the last count were immediately available.

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