A man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a massage at the Hong Kong Spa in Cloquet Aug. 20.

Shuwen Liang, 53, of Cloquet, was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with third-degree criminal sexual misconduct after a woman reported a sexual assault to the Cloquet Police Department.

According to the complaint, the victim said she was having sciatic nerve issues, so she scheduled a massage with Liang at the spa.

The victim stated she had prior massages with Liang. At the Aug. 20 appointment, the victim said Liang tried to arouse her, the criminal complaint said. She told authorities she "freaked out" about what was happening and her body froze.

When she asked Liang what he was doing, he apologized and left the room.

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If convicted Liang faces up to 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both. He is next scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 29.