Ft. Collins massage therapist summarily suspended

DENVER (April 27, 2016) — Today, the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations, Office of Massage Therapy Licensure, summarily suspended the license of Ft. Collins massage therapist Marc Duran (also known as “Marcos Duran”) meaning he may not practice.

In April, Duran performed a sexual act upon a client during a massage. On April 26, Duran was charged in Larimer County with two felonies for “Sex Assault-overcome Victim's Will and Sexual Contact-fake Medical Exam,” according to the suspension order.  The summary suspension states “the Director found that there is objective and reasonable grounds to believe that Respondent [Duran] deliberately and willfully violated § 12-35.5-111(1)(b)(I) and (II), and (1)(o), C.R.S., and that the public safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”

State law prohibits massage therapists from engaging in a sexual act with a client.  Doing so is grounds for discipline including the revocation of a license.  

The Division of Professions and Occupations (Division), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), offers four tips when buying a professional massage.  The Division encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a massage therapist. If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA.  Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.”

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The Division of Professions and Occupations provides consumer protection through its regulation of nearly 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations, and entities in the State of Colorado. DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.