An Ipswich court heard allegations yesterday of sexual assault against a massage therapist. Crown prosecutor Adrian Braithwaite alleged the therapist assaulted a 19-year-old man three times and a 41-year-old man twice.
The Courier-Mail reports the 42-year-old massage therapist pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in the Ipswich District Court.
The prosecutor told the court there was no contention over whether the November 2020 incidents occurred, only over whether the complainants consented.
Groped penis five or six times
He said the 19-year-old man visited the defendant twice for treatment. During the second treatment, the massage therapist allegedly groped his penis.
“During the course of the massage, it’s alleged by the complainant that the defendant grabbed his penis with his hand.
“The complainant estimated this occurred about five or six times.
“During the course of that same massage, when the complainant was lying on his stomach, the defendant was massaging the tops of his thighs and repeatedly touched the complainant around the outside of his anus with his finger.”
When the man turned over onto his back, the therapist allegedly masturbated him without consent. He allegedly ignored a request to stop. The client made a complaint to the police later the same day.
The 41-year-old complainant visited the massage therapist for help with the muscle spasms following spinal surgery. The defendant asked the man to strip naked and after massaging him for a while, pressed on his genitals.
“The massage continued around his upper thigh and groin area.
“The complainant will tell you … he froze up and was scared and ashamed.
“The defendant then grabbed his penis with his hands and masturbated it until the complainant became erect.”
The 41-year-old also alleged the defendant ignored requests to stop.
70% of clients became aroused
During a police interview, the massage therapist said he believed the complainants consented to the sexual activity. He claimed that because he knew masturbating clients was unprofessional, he checked at least four times to make sure the 19-year-old was ‘OK’.
The therapist told police he requested his clients strip completely naked about 40 per cent of the time. About 70 per cent of his male clients became physically aroused.
He said he engaged in sexual acts with about six clients in five years. He explained his actions during the treatments as based on a ‘vibe’.
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