Freedomroo – Sex predator masseuse, 71, already in jail for rape is found guilty of attacking 15 more women

A 71-year-old masseur already in jail for sexually assaulting female clients has been found guilty of preying on other women who went to him for therapeutic massages over more than a decade (stock image)

Serial sex predator masseuse, 71, already in jail for rape is found guilty of attacking 15 more women and a teenage girl during massages

  • Charles Davidson first jailed three years ago for sexually assaulting 10 women
  • Jury on Tuesday found him guilty of seven counts of rape, 30 of sexual assault
  • Davidson first worked informally before establishing a home massage business

A 71-year-old masseur already in jail for sexually assaulting female clients has been found guilty of preying on other women who went to him for therapeutic massages over more than a decade.

Charles William Davidson was first jailed more than three years ago for sexually assaulting 10 women and raping one in 2014 and 2015.

He again denied sexually assaulting women when facing another trial in the Brisbane District Court.

A 71-year-old masseur already in jail for sexually assaulting female clients has been found guilty of preying on other women who went to him for therapeutic massages over more than a decade (stock image)

But a jury on Tuesday found him guilty of seven counts of rape, 30 counts of sexual assault and three of indecent treatment of a child under 16 after deliberating since Thursday about evidence heard over seven days.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two charges of sexual assault.

The massage therapist was accused of touching 15 women and a 15-year-old girl sexually during what was supposed to be a therapeutic massage.

The behaviour – occurring between 2003 and 2015 – included tweaking and twisting of nipples, inappropriate touching of groin areas, as well as digital penetration.

The jury heard Davidson would often steer conversation toward sexual subjects, including telling a client his favourite style of massage was ‘erotic’ or talking about their breasts.

‘These all occurred under the guise that he was performing a legitimate massage upon them,’ prosecutor Judy Geary told the trial.

‘We are not talking about some sexual massage place.’

Davidson first worked informally at his house before establishing a home massage business and eventually working in physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics around Brisbane.

The masseur was sentenced in the same court in March 2018 to at least two-and-a-half years in jail after being found guilty of 18 counts of sexual assault and one rape charge.

He faced the new charges after police found more victims.

At the start of the trial he pleaded not guilty to seven counts of rape, 34 counts of sexual assault and three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

But two of the sexual assault counts were dropped during the trial.

Davidson did not give evidence or call any witnesses.

Judge Julie Dick is expected to sentence Davidson on May 13.

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