Xiaodong Mei

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-old Xiaodong Mei of Oxnard for sexual battery charges perpetrated at his massage business, Max Relax, on Friday, March 26.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-old Xiaodong Mei of Oxnard for sexual battery charges perpetrated at his massage business, Max Relax, on Friday, March 26.

Earlier this month, Sheriff’s detectives began investigating two independent reports of sexual assaults that occurred at Max Relax at 1108 Casitas Pass Road. The survivors in each of the incidents described similar crimes of sexual battery, with Mei as the suspect.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a detective posing as a customer visited the business on Friday and was sexually assaulted in a similar manner to the previously reported assaults. Mei was arrested and booked at the Southern Branch Jail for charges including sexual battery and false imprisonment. Detectives requested a bail enhancement and Mei is now being held on $100,000 bail. 

Detectives strongly believe there are additional survivors of sexual assault who have not yet been identified. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with knowledge of additional crimes associated with Mei or Max Relax in Carpinteria to contact Detective Cockrell at infoSIB@sbsheriff.org or by phone at (805) 681-4175. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit information online at sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip or by calling (805) 681-4171. 

The Sheriff’s Office also reminds survivors that they can access support services through Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA). To reach a STESA advocate, call (805) 564-3696.

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