Osteopath admits more charges

Last updated 09:51 28/03/2014
Richard James Davis
KEVIN STENT
SENTENCED: Richard James Davis, 54, pictured in the Wellington High Court in October 2013.

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

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

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

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

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 them.

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 in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

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