10 more victims say local hair removal specialist assaulted them during treatment

10 more victims say local hair removal specialist assaulted them during treatment

10 more victims say local hair removal specialist assaulted them during treatment

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 4:17 AM

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV) – At least 11 victims say a hair removal specialist in St. Peters sexually assaulted them during treatment.

Lawrence Branam, 48, who owns Cosmetic Laser Center, was charged with deviate sexual assault last Tuesday after a woman visited the center to undergo laser hair removal, which requires several appointments to complete the treatment.

Authorities said after several appointments, Branam started touching her in places not needed for the treatment. The victim told police the touching was sexual and unwanted.

Branam was arrested and taken to the St. Charles County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Since Branam’s arrest, 10 additional victims have come forward alleging he sexually assaulted them during laser hair removal treatment. Police said more charges are expected to be filed at a later date.

According to court documents, Branam was charged with third-degree assault after a similar incident in St. Charles County in 2011. That case has not yet been resolved in state court.

St. Peters police is asking anyone who has received treatment at Cosmetic Laser Center and felt they were a victim of Branam to call Detective Ziegemeier at (636) -278-2244 ext. 3594.

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