A former Gisborne osteopath has been jailed for eight years for sexual offences against eight patients.
Richard James Davis, 53, had women patients undress partially or completely and touched women's genitals and breasts with ungloved hands.
A jury in the High Court at Wellington in September found him guilty of eight charges of sexual violation and seven charges of indecent assault. Today Justice David Collins sentenced him to a total of eight years' jail.
Davis still faces another trial. The charges against him were split into two groups so the complaints of more than a dozen other women have yet to be decided. No date has been set for that trial.
Davis qualified as an osteopath in 1994 and set up a practice in Gisborne the following year.
The Osteopathic Council suspended his practising certificate in April last year, after he was charged.
Further professional disciplinary action will follow, and his registration as an osteopath could be cancelled or suspended.
In court today Davis' lawyer, Tony Snell said Davis had been "crusading a little bit" and thought males should be able to do this sort of work but he now accepted he never would again.
Davis had read the women's victim impact statements and was saddened by the comments of the women, some of whom he regarded as friends and had known for years, Mr Snell said.
But the prosecutor, Steve Manning, said the suggestion that Davis was remorseful was surprising.
Even now Davis had told a probation officer that had he explained to the women what he was doing there would have been no problem.
Justice Collins said he did not accept Davis was truly remorseful as Davis continued to deny he had done anything wrong.
The judge said he thought Davis lacked insight.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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