EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A male massage therapist who was convicted last year of assaulting a woman in the southern Illinois community of Edwardsville during a massage in 2015 has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

The Belleville News Democrat reported that the sentenced imposed on Tuesday on 58-year-old Ronnie Blom on Litchfield by Madison County Judge Neil Schroeder came after Blom’s victim implored him to consider the safety of women everywhere.”

In October, the 42-year-old victim testified and three other women offered similar testimony about being sexually assaulted by Blom. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Blom guilty.

Blom did not speak during the sentencing hearing.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.