Man accused of sexual assault during massage faces trial

A 58-year-old man was ordered to stand trial after a Battle Creek woman said she was sexually assaulted while seeking a massage.

Chengrong Ge is facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third and fourth degree and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration following a preliminary examination Friday before Calhoun County District Judge Jason Bomia.

Ge is charged with assault at the Relax Spa at 590 W. Columbia Ave. on Aug. 14. The hearing was held with Ge and his attorney, Patrick O’Connell, in the courtroom and the victim and Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Schwalm appearing remotely.

An interpreter also assisted because Ge is from the People’s Republic of China and does not speak English.

The woman, 19, testified she went to the spa for a massage about 6 p.m. because she was sore from running.