VANCOUVER, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (the College) makes the following statement pursuant to section 53 of the Health Professions Act:
On August 23, 2012, Mr. David Fierro was convicted by the Provincial Court of British Columbia of three counts of sexual assault against a former female patient under s. 271 of the Criminal Code. On September 19, 2012, Mr. Fierro was sentenced to a term of nine months' custody and two years' probation with conditions.
At the time of his conviction, Mr. Fierro was under investigation by the College and his registration was restricted on an interim basis by extraordinary action by the inquiry committee pursuant to s. 35(1) of the Health Professions Act (see summary under "Practice Restrictions"). Following his conviction, the inquiry committee gave notice that it would proceed on September 12, 2012 with a second extraordinary hearing to consider further interim restrictions or suspension to Mr. Fierro's registration. Mr. Fierro resigned his registration with the College on September 12, 2012 prior to the commencement of the second extraordinary action hearing. The inquiry committee found that it did not have jurisdiction to proceed with an extraordinary hearing given Mr. Fierro's resignation. The investigation into Mr. Fierro's conduct continues under the Health Professions Act, which provides that the College's inquiry and disciplinary processes are applicable to former registrants.
About the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) is the regulatory body for registered massage therapists in the province of British Columbia. The College serves and protects the public by regulating the profession of massage therapy in BC in accordance with the duties and objects set out in the Health Professions Act.
SOURCE: College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
For further information:
Joëlle Berry, Director of Compliance
College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia