OGDEN -- A South Ogden massage therapist defrocked by state regulators in June is now being sued for causing a car wreck that allegedly will leave his victim with a six-figure medical bill.
Amid allegations of illicit sexual contact with multiple clients, Richard Dwaileebe, 42, was allowed in June to surrender his massage license upon agreement he would never reapply in the state of Utah. The action followed a rare emergency hearing June 6 by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
DOPL officials then contacted the media to sound an alarm about Dwaileebe, with the division director urging other possible victims to come forward. DOPL director Mark Steinagel warned the agency believed there were other victims beyond the six to eight that investigators were aware of. The case has been reviewed for criminal prosecution but with no charges filed to date.
Dwaileebe is the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed this month in the Ogden courts over a car wreck in May 17, 2011.
Dwaileebe was negligent in failing to yield the right of way to cause the accident at an unspecified address in Weber County, the suit alleges.
Wendy Christensen, of Wellsville, Cache County, was injured in the collision, suffering "loss of earning, loss of earning capacity and other economic damages to be proven at the time of trial ...and non-economic damages including pain and suffering, for which she should be compensated."
The suit is pending without date before 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones.
Continuing medical costs are expected to exceed the defendant's car insurance policy limits, the suit states. Therefore, the insurance company is named as a defendant solely because of the company's "interest in notification of and participation in the present lawsuit."