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Holistic healer under arrest for sexual assault

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A registered sex offender who claimed to be a "Tibetan healer" was behind bars Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who hired him for massage services, authorities reported.

Vasiliy "Ardi" Galashev, 61, was arrested Monday and booked into county jail on suspicion of forcible rape and false imprisonment, according to police in Escondido, where the crime allegedly occurred.

In May, a woman reported being sexually assaulted by Galashev, who called himself "Master Ardi" and claimed to be a "seventh-generation Tibetan healer," Detective Jeff Udvarhelyi said.

Last month, crime lab personnel determined that DNA evidence provided by the victim and suspect were a match, according to Udvarhelyi.

Galashev, an Escondido resident, was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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