‘Tibetan healer’ accused of raping woman

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. – An Escondido man who claimed to be a Tibetan healer is in jail after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during a massage service.

Police arrested Vasiliy "Ardi" Galashev, 61, Monday after his DNA matched evidence from a sexual assault investigation.

The registered sex offender is accused of assaulting a woman while he provided massage services in May.  Evidence was collected from the victim during the investigation and sent to the San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab for forensic analysis.

In July, Galashev was interviewed by detectives.  DNA was collected from Galashev and analyzed by the crime lab experts. Months later, the San Diego Sheriff’s Crime Lab contacted the Escondido Police Department and confirmed the DNA and physical evidence submitted for this case were an exact match.

Galashev was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of rape and false imprisonment.

Detectives said there could be more victims.  Galashev apparently referred to himself as, “Master Ardi,” a self-proclaimed 7th generation Tibetan Healer, police said.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Det. Jeff Udvarhelyi with the Escondido Police Department’s Family Protection and Child Exploitation Unit.


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  • Joe

    I am familiar with his first conviction, he doesn’t speak much English and was never offered a translator. After the defense successfully destroyed the alleged victims testimony, and showed that they had tried to extort other people for money before.. The prosecutors glossed over the fact that Ardi had gone to the sheriffs department 2 months before and told them that he was being extorted by the local Russian mafia… After being locked up for months.. they told him to “Sign Here and you can go home”… So he did.. and it turned out to be a plea bargain.. nobody even read it to him in his own language.. They never explained to him that he can’t work in his life long trade and more… i am very familiar with him and he has stayed in my house many times.. He is a genuinely nice guy with many happy repeat customers who enjoy the Reiki sessions..
    As for this new accusation, I have no information on that…

  • Dolan Druck

    these dark-haired men are having their way with our country again. we should ban all males with dark hair from entering our country. I am sick and tired of watching dark-haired men murder and rape us non-dark-haired men. don’t even get me started on dark-haired women. What’s worse is we have a secret dark-haired president!

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