CMTO Confirms Investigation into Sexual Assault Allegation

TORONTO, October 21, 2015 – Three criminal charges of sexual assault against Zaisheng Ling, Registered Massage Therapist, have recently come to the attention of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO or the College). CMTO has commenced an investigation into these allegations, and CMTO is cooperating with the Peel Regional Police on their investigation of the same matter.

The mandate of the College is to ensure that the public interest is at the core of all CMTO activities. The College’s focus is on client needs, including the right to the provision of high-quality, safe and ethical healthcare from Massage Therapists who are held accountable for the care they provide to the public of Ontario.

Transparency and accountability are paramount at CMTO. Upholding these values involves balancing the principles of public protection and accountability with fairness and privacy. With respect to investigations, CMTO makes as much information available to the public as is permitted by the legislation. This information is posted on our website: http://www.cmto.com/for-the-public/ensuring-professional-conduct/discipline-hearing-schedule. Here, members of the public can easily look up discipline hearing schedules, discipline rules, discipline decisions, etc.

To read more about the charges of sexual assault against Zaisheng Ling, RMT, see the statement issued by Peel Regional Police, here: http://www.peelpolice.on.ca/en/News/index.aspx?newsId=ff0672f5-2e06-4c7f-a8bf-2b2898ea293b.

About the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
CMTO is the not-for-profit organization established by the provincial government to regulate the conduct of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in the province of Ontario through the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991. CMTO is dedicated to excellence in protecting the public’s interest, guiding its registrants and promoting the highest possible quality of the practice of Massage Therapy in a safe and ethical manner.

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For more information, contact:
Megan Mueller
Manager, Communications
416-489-2626 ext. 111
megan.mueller@cmto.com