Tuesday, 28 October 2008

16 years jail for sex assault naturopath

A Melbourne naturopath has been sentenced to 16 years' jail for the sexual assault of 12 patients over almost 20 years.

Michael Morris Wilson, 53, formally of suburban Armadale, will serve 12 years' jail before being eligible for parole.

In sentencing him on Tuesday, County Court Judge Liz Gaynor described Morris as a "callous and self-centred sexual abuser" who exploited the trust of his patients.

"I can only regard each of your victim as vulnerable females on who you prayed on remorselessly," she said.

Morris was found guilty in May of 22 counts of indecent assault, 11 of rape and one each of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

His victims were all women who sought naturopathic and massage treatment at his practices in Mont Albert and Prahran between 1987 and 2006.

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