A Gisborne osteopath has been found guilty of 15 of the 24 sex charges he faced.
Richard James Davis is in custody pending his sentencing on October 29, on charges relating to eight of his former female patients.
A jury in the High Court at Wellington returned its verdicts just after 2.30pm today. They had begun deliberating just after 11am yesterday.
Davis, 53, was found not guilty of nine charges, including outright acquittals in respect of two complainants.
But his trials may not be over. The Crown will now be reviewing the cases of another 13 women.
The allegations relating to them were separated from the others to make the charges more manageable for a jury. The jury that has just delivered its verdicts was not told of the other charges.
The jury of seven women and five men decided Davis was guilty of eight charges of sexual violation and seven charges of indecent assault.
He was found not guilty of three charges of sexual violation and six charges of indecent assault.
Davis had been practising as an osteopath in Gisborne since 1995. He left Gisborne after the charges were laid against him last year and now lives in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.
It was alleged he asked women to strip naked, or to their underwear, for all treatments and touched the women intimately with bare hands when it was not a genuine medical procedure.
Several of the women were in their 40s and 50s and some had been his patients for several years.
The Osteopathic Council, which regulates the profession, said it suspended Davis' practising certificate when it learned of the charges in April last year.
A professional conduct committee would be appointed to consider if Davis should also face professional disciplinary charges which could result in his registration being cancelled or further suspended.
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