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Thomas Flach was arrested on a charge of sexual battery by a medical professional.  (Contributed photo by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

The owner of an acupuncture business was arrested on a charge of sexual battery by a medical professional, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

On May 21, a 51-year-old woman went to the Twin Peaks Station to report alleged unwanted sexual contact during a medical procedure at Arrowhead Acupuncture, which is located in Lake Arrowhead.

An investigation revealed that Thomas Flach, the 39-year-old owner of Arrowhead Acupuncture, had allegedly sexually assaulted the victim while she was lying face down on an examination table.

The victim was unaware of his intention before the unwanted sexual contact, the Sheriff's Department said. Flach offered to provide “sexual relief” to the victim during the acupuncture treatment, the Sheriff's Department said.

On May 22, detectives corroborated the victim’s account of the assault and Flach was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. He was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

The case will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Flach has numerous clients under his care at Arrowhead Acupuncture. Detectives believe there may be additional persons who were sexually assaulted by Flach. Persons with information are urged to contact Deputy Jonathan Cavender at the Twin Peaks Station at (909) 336-0600 or WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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