CMTO Launches Investigation into Sexual Assault Allegation

TORONTO, July 20, 2015 – An alleged case of sexual assault by Abdulaziz Albekairi, RMT has recently come to the attention of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO or the College). We have commenced an investigation into these allegations and we are cooperating with the Toronto Police Service on their investigation of the same matter.

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

CMTO has a zero tolerance policy for any form of abuse – sexual, physical, verbal or emotional – of clients by Massage Therapists. We are deeply committed to preventing abuse through education of our registrants, clients of Massage Therapists and the public.
Transparency and accountability are paramount at CMTO. Upholding these values involves balancing the principles of public protection and accountability with fairness and privacy. To clarify: There are rules governing investigations and the rights of the accused, and in this framework, CMTO makes as much information as possible about investigations available to the public. 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 alleged case of sexual assault by Abdulaziz Albekairi, RMT, see the statement issued by Toronto Police Services, here.

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). 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.

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