An Southern California spa owner has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman under the guise he was training her to use a "soon-to-be-patented" cosmetic device, officials said Tuesday.
Raymond Newton Baker, 72, is accused of assaulting a 29-year-old woman several times over a three-month period, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said in a release.
The woman met Baker, who owned Beautiful Image LLC in Laguna Niguel, through a Craigslist job posting for the opening of a second spa in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Hallock said.
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Baker paid her for training and later said he changed the business name to Bio Nova, LLC, Hallock said.
He allegedly assaulted the woman under the guise he was training her to use a "soon-to-be-patented" cosmetic "Micro Current" device designed to reduce age lines, cellulite, and promote weight loss, officials said. The woman alerted authorities earlier this month.
Deputies say Baker claimed 18 other "females participated in his training program and failed for various reasons," Hallock said.
Investigators believe there are more victims who've had contact with Baker, falling victim to the medical device plot.
Baker was arrested Feb. 19 on suspicion of penetration with a foreign object and sexual battery. He was released on bond and is due in court pending charges being filed by the Orange County District Attorney.
Anyone with information or who believes they were a victim should call Orange County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Unit Sgt. Wade Walsvick at 714-647-7418 or 714-647-7000.
Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.