This Virginia Beach massage therapist will be a registered sex offender for life

Christopher Santos Orlina (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Santos Orlina (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 47-year-old massage therapist will spend time in prison for inappropriately touching a patient.

Christopher Santos Orlina, formerly of the 200 block of Ash Avenue, was sentenced Monday on a charge of “object sexual penetration,” according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Orlina to 30 years in prison with 18 years suspended leaving 12 years to serve.

Orlina must register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutors showed evidence during Orlina’s August 2018 trial that on Aug. 15, 2017, a woman in her 20s went to Orlina’s office to get a massage for her shoulder pain.

“During the massage, Orlina touched the victim in her private area without her consent,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney  Colin D. Stolle, in a news release. “Orlina was repeatedly told to stop, but he continued.”

The woman was able to get up and leave, and Orlina apologized to her for what he had done, prosecutors said.

During a phone sting conducted by police and the woman a few days later, “Orlina did not deny the events happening and further apologized to the victim.”

During an interview with police, Orlina admitted that his finger “slipped” into the victim’s private area, prosecutors said.

Orlina has no criminal record.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.