P R E S S R E L E A S E
March 30, 2015
State of Florida v. Liang Liu
2014-306492 MMDB 1. Battery
Daytona Beach Police Department Case # 140007741
Date of Offense: 05/03/2014
Volusia Mall Masseuse Guilty of Battering Patron, Jailed
DAYTONA BEACH – A former Volusia Mall masseuse will spend the next 30 days in the Volusia County Jail. Liang Liu, 59, was convicted after a jury trial on Friday, March 27, 2015 of misdemeanor battery. Liu will also be required to have no contact with the victim, her boyfriend, and be trespassed from the Volusia Mall as conditions of an 11-month probation term. Liu will also have to undergo a psychosexual evaluation and provide a DNA swab to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Liu will not be allowed to practice as a masseuse during the probation term.
Liu’s charge stemmed from a May 3, 2014 incident at the Volusia Mall where a massage patron was touched by Liu on her genitals. Liu attempted to hug the Victim and made kissing noises towards her. The Victim contacted police and Mr. Liu was arrested.
Liu was charged with simple battery, a first degree misdemeanor. Florida law requires oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object in order to file felony sexual battery charges. In this case, as there were no allegations of penetration, prosecutors charged the highest offense allowed by law.
Assistant State Attorney Julie Greenberg prosecuted the case with Assistant State Attorney John Martino. Volusia County Judge Judith Davidson presided over the case and pronounced sentence.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
(386)239-7710 x 17840
(386)562-4043 – Cell