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Radford massage parlor owner pleads guilty, must register as violent sex offender

Flanagan originally faced 59 charges

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RADFORD, Va. – A Radford massage parlor owner pleaded guilty to six sexual battery charges on Tuesday.

David Flanagan, the owner of Finest Hour Massage, entered his plea at 8:45 a.m.

He originally faced 59 charges from five different accusers. Fifty-three of the charges were dropped in exchange for his plea.

Flanagan was sentenced to 15 years and all but five months were suspended, which he's already served since his arrest.

“This case was very unique and the final disposition closes a sad and troubling chapter in the annals of Radford City crime.  I commend all the brave victims who came forward and reported this abuse, as well as the fine work of Detective Sgt. Jerry Holdaway, of the Radford City Police Department.  This agreement was crafted with the concurrence and input of each victim who understandably wanted to avoid court and preserve their remaining privacy.   While the Commonwealth was fully prepared to conduct jury trials, this guilty plea and punishment reflects the appropriate balance of facts and proportionality,” said Radford City Commonweath's Attorney Chis Rehak.

Under the plea agreement, he must surrender any license to massage, never work as a massage therapist and register as a violent sex offender.
  


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