Creepy salon owner stroked clients to get aroused while painting their nails

A creepy nail bar owner is behind bars after customers complained to police they were sexually assaulted by him as he painted their nails.

Loi Van Ha, 35, molested his unsuspecting victims while they were receiving pedicures or manicures from him.

They said their treatments would begin as normal before Ha would inappropriately touch and stroke them.

Liverpool Crown Court that Ha, of Rainhill, Merseyside, committed the offences between May 2017 and August 2018 at US Nails – a salon that he co-owned with others in Widnes, Cheshire.

Police charged him with six counts of sexual assault of a female, the Liverpool Echo reported .

After pleading guilty to the charges, Ha was sentenced to seven months in prison and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The attacks took place at US Nails in Widnes


Police Constable Emily Ashcroft said: “The nature of Ha’s behaviour should not be understated. These woman trusted him but he abused his position and acted in a sinister manner. 

“I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of the victims in this case for the dignity and courage that they have shown throughout the investigation.

“As a result of the information they provided, Ha is now behind bars and won’t be able to sexually assault any other women.”

Detective Inspector Ian Whiley added: “Sexual assaults are among the most traumatic of crimes and we want victims to be assured that we are here to help.              

Ha was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

“Anyone who has been subjected to this type of crime should feel confident that they will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers and other support agencies we work alongside.           

“Any victim of a crime such as this will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and the needs of the victim as our main priority.” 

Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of a sexual assault is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101.

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