Radford massage therapist pleads guilty to inappropriately touching clients, released from jail

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) A Radford man accused of inappropriately touching five women during massage sessions had many charges dropped Tuesday.

David Flanagan pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday morning and was released from jail the same day.

The commonwealth's attorney says 53 of his charges were dropped.

Flanagan, the former owner of The Finest Hour Massage on Main Street faced a total of 59 charges. A judge sentenced him to five months in jail on the remaining six charges.

He must permanently surrender his license to massage and can never work as a massage therapist again. He was also fined $1,000 and is required to register as a violent sex offender.

He was offered the same plea deal last month by the Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Rehak but Flanagan turned it down, Rehak said.

His lawyer said it boiled down to him wanting to live a productive life and get back to his family.

His lawyer explained Flanagan could have had a trial in Radford but getting out of jail was his biggest priority.

The Commonwealth's Attorney said in a statement that the plea agreement was crafted with input from the victims who wanted to avoid court and preserve their remaining privacy.

Flanagan could have faced up to 15 years in jail.

He's been held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail since December.