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 May 7th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s detectives arrest sex offender for unlicensed practice of a health care profession which he advertised on craigslist.com, Sheriff Mascara announces
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a registered sex offender who advertised on the web site craigslist.com as a massage therapist despite being unlicensed as required by state law, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“This is one of a series of Sheriff’s Office investigations into illegal uses of the web site craigslist.com,” Sheriff Mascara said. “In this case, it was a convicted sex offender who again broke the law by advertising on craigslist.com as a massage therapist. In Florida, that requires a state license, which the defendant didn’t have.”

Arrested and jailed on a felony charge of practicing a health care profession without a license was Jon Richard Glasure, 47, of 2344 S.W. Santana Avenue, Port St. Lucie.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Glasure in April 1994 for performing a lewd and lascivious act on a victim younger than 16.

“Mr. Glasure tried to skirt the licensing law by claiming he was performing massages for donations,” Sheriff Mascara said. “That didn’t excuse him from having to follow state law, and that’s why we arrested him.”

The investigation began when detectives saw his craigslist.com ad, determined he was unlicensed as a massage therapist and then determined he was a registered sex offender.

On May 1, Sheriff Mascara and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Charles W. Drago announced that a “sting” operation by the two agencies resulted in the arrest of four unlicensed contractors advertising on craigslist.com.

In October 2008, Sheriff Mascara announced that a month-long undercover investigation into pimps and prostitutes using craigslist.com to advertise resulted in 35 arrests for soliciting prostitution, deriving income from prostitution and procuring prostitutes.


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