Acupuncturist arrested on sexual battery charges, deputies say

Deputies: Man worked at Compassion Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County deputies arrested an acupuncturist on sexual battery charges Friday, deputies said.

The acupuncturist, Min-Chung Tsai, 58, worked at Compassion Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic on South Ferncreek Avenue in Orlando, Orange County deputies said.

Deputies said a woman went to the clinic to receive acupuncture treatment in December, and believe she was sexually battered by Tsai during the treatment.

The victim returned to the clinic for treatment on Monday, during which time deputies believe she was sexually battered by Tsai again, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tsai was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and is scheduled to appear before a judge Saturday morning.

News 6 spoke to Tsai's wife by phone Saturday morning. She said her husband did not inappropriately touch the victim and claims the victim went to the clinic seeking medical help. Tsai's wife said there was no one else in the room during the session, which isn't standard procedure, and that Tsai asked for the victim's permission before touching her.

According to Tsai's website, he has more than 20 years of experience as a physician. Tsai got his acupuncturist license in 2010 and has no disciplinary cases or complaints on file, according to the state Department of Health.

Detectives said they believe there may be other victims and are asking them to come forward. Anyone who is aware of someone who may have been a victim is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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