Osteopath admits more sex offences

Last updated 09:46 28/03/2014

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A former Gisborne osteopath jailed last year for sexually assaulting patients has admitted more offences.

In the High Court at Wellington today Richard James Davis, 54, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual violation and four indecent assaults, involving six patients.

Justice David Collins sentenced Davis to seven years and seven months' jail which runs alongside without adding to the length of the eight-year term imposed last October.

A jury last year found Davis guilty of indecencies against eight mature female patients.

The charges he pleaded guilty to today include massaging the breasts of a 16-year-old, putting a finger in the anus of victims aged 13 and 18.

The judge said Davis had made a calculated decision to use his role as a health professional to get the victims into a position where he could sexually assault then.

All the patients had been naked or partly naked and prone on the treatment table.

After the complaints against Davis were made he moved from Gisborne and settled inKatikati, Bay of Plenty.

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