A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for rape at a massage spa in Chester County

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — According to the Chester County Prosecutor’s Office, a Montgomery County man has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman who worked at a spa during a massage in Phoenixville, Chester County.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, 36-year-old Keith Cleghorn of Stowe, Pennsylvania, was arrested on January 9, 2023, for allegedly raping an employee at Seven Stars Spa and Bodyworks in Phoenixville.

Officers with the East Pikeland Police Department were notified of an alleged sexual assault at Seven Stars Spa and Bodyworks at approximately 12:11pm on January 9, 2023.

According to the district attorney, the victim told police that an unknown man called the resort around 11:10 a.m. asking if there was an opening, then said he would be there in ten minutes.

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According to the victim, no one else was in the spa when the man arrived, and she brought the man into the massage room, giving him time to undress.

As the employee began massaging, Cleghorn allegedly grabbed the victim’s pants, then sat up and grabbed her arms, pushing her onto the table.

The victim told the police and the district attorney’s office that she had called for help, but Cleghorn allegedly told her he would kill her if she did not stop and threatened to beat her.

Then, Cleghorn allegedly removed the victim’s pants and underwear and raped her.

Cleghorn is charged with rape, terrorist threats, simple assault, unlawful restraint and other related offences.

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“This was a horrific forcible rape that took place in the victim’s workplace. The defendant did not know the victim, wore a mask and threatened to kill her if she screamed. Thanks to the relentless efforts of law enforcement and the overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s digital fingerprint, the community was much safer when he was arrested,” said the Chester County District Attorney. Deb Ryan.

Cleghorn is being held in Chester County Jail on a $500,000 cash bail.

Police received video surveillance from several businesses at the Kimberton Shoppes, where Seven Stars Spa and Bodyworks is located, that allegedly showed Cleghorn entering the spa. Using the footage, the police were able to find Cleghorn via his license plate.

Through computer forensics, investigators say they determined to find a Google search for the spa on Cleghorn’s mobile phone.

GPS data from a video, which purportedly showed Cleghorn undressing and trying to hide the camera under his shirt while recording the events, on Cleghorn’s phone shows he was at the spa during the alleged rape.

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Additional investigation showed Cleghorn attempted to delete the video from his phone, according to the district attorney’s office.

Cleghorn’s preliminary hearing is set for January 26, 2023.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Chester County Detective Christine Blair at 610-344-6866.