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RWC acupuncturist sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexual assaults

sexual assault acupuncturist RWC

By Pamela Cruz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].
After a jury last October found defendant Randall J. Neustaedter guilty of nine felony counts related to the sexual assault of three women who had been patients at his clinic located on Woodside Road in Redwood City in 2015, he was finally sentenced to 18 years in prison after less than a full day of deliberations.

The DA's office detailed that, at the time, the first victim had purchased three acupuncture sessions with the defendant through Groupon. The first two sessions were uneventful, but in the third, the defendant offered her an "acupuncture massage" in which he touched her genitals inappropriately, forcing her to flee the clinic. 

After the events, the victim reported the defendant to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, after the defendant was arrested and the case appeared in the newspaper, two more victims came forward and informed police that he had done the same thing to them in 2013.

Neustaedter's Oct. 6 convictions included aggravated sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, misdemeanor sexual battery, among other charges. 

On Friday, when Neustaedter was sentenced, several victims spoke in court or read statements, while the convicted man spoke and expressed remorse, prosecutors said.

At the time of the incident, the prosecutor was Alpana Samant and the investigating officer was San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Detective Scott Berberian.

Thus, Randall Neustaedter, 70, will serve his sentence in San Mateo County Jail.

The convict's next court appearance will be Jan. 27 for a restitution hearing.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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