Masseur gets 13-year sentence for sex crimes

Jose Plascencia, 57

Daily Post Staff Writer

An East Palo Alto man who sexually assaulted some 22 women while running an unlicensed massage business out of his garage was sentenced yesterday (March 28) to 13 years in prison, a prosecutor said.

Jose Plascencia, 57, had pleaded no contest to multiple counts of digital penetration and sexual battery on Jan. 29, said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

Plascencia ran the business for years out of a converted garage in the 2400 block of Illinois Street in East Palo Alto, claiming it was a traditional Mexican “sobandero,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Plascencia was arrested in April 2017 after East Palo Alto police said three victims came forward.

After that, many more women made reports about allegations dating back to 2006 in which Plascencia improperly touched their genital areas or engaged with them in a sexual manner during massages, prosecutors said.