Cuddle therapist accused of sexual misconduct after her nipple somehow ‘ended up’ in woman's mouth for five minutes in Arizona

The client, who requested anonymity, complained that Susanne Woodward, a professional cuddler, asked her to suckle her breast during a £66 ($80) therapy session that took place in May this year.

Cuddle therapist accused of sexual misconduct after her nipple somehow ‘ended up’ in woman's mouth for five minutes in Arizona
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A cuddle therapist has landed in hot water after her nipple allegedly ended up in a female client's mouth for five minutes, leading to allegations of sexual misconduct.

The client, who requested anonymity, complained that Susanne Woodward, a professional cuddler, asked her to suckle her breast during a £66 ($80) therapy session that took place in May this year, The Sun reports.

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The woman, who hails from Phoenix in Arizona, was ironically seeing Woodward for treatment of sexual trauma.

"She told me she would be able to help me with my sexual trauma and help me find my voice," read a complaint written to state regulators, per the Arizona Republic. "She insisted that it would not be sexual and that clothing would be on at all times."

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The woman alleged that on her fourth and final cuddle session, Woodward told her she "can hold you, how you want." (Stock/Getty Images)

However, the client admitted in her complaint she had previously told Woodward it had been her dream to be held naked by a woman. In response, Woodward told her "it would have to be between us" as it would be outside her boundaries as a therapist.

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The woman alleged that on her fourth and final cuddle session, Woodward told her she "can hold you, how you want." Both women subsequently undressed and the therapist told her to rest her head on her breasts.

"She then told me to suck her nipple," the woman wrote in the complaint, adding that Woodward told her she was "channeling nurturing energy to you through my breast."

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As they reached the end of the session, the therapist allegedly insisted to her client that although the time was up, "I will give you five extra minutes for free." But Woodward contended it was her client's suggestion to cuddle without clothing, and that she was the one who initiated contact with her breast. 

Furthermore, she maintained the exchange was consensual and that the client told her she felt "so good" after the session, even booking another slot for the following week.

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Flynn Carey, Woodward's attorney, told the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy that his client, in retrospect, acknowledged she should have declined the woman's request for additional contact and maintained professional and personal boundaries. Carey also argued that the case wasn't under the board's regulatory authority as the woman was a cuddle client, not a massage client.

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According to him, if the board took jurisdiction of the matter, they were "actually going to be now the massage therapy board and the cuddle therapy board."

Also, when the woman contacted Tempe police, they told her nothing illegal had occurred per her version of events. The board ultimately ordered Woodward to separate her cuddling business from her massage business, but found no violation in her massage practice.

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Woodward, who is a licensed massage therapist since 2008, reportedly told the board in July that she has since shut down her cuddling business. "I don’t want any confusion in one area to compromise or define me as a massage therapist," she said.

 

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