Jail time for massage creep who digitally penetrated woman
WARNING: GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT BELOW
DISGRACED Coffs Harbour masseur Timothy Moffatt, 68, who committed 37 counts of indecent assault against female clients has today been handed a lengthy jail term.
In Coffs Harbour District Court, Judge David Frearson sentenced Moffatt to 13 years, six months in prison with at least nine years to be served before any chance of parole.
Moffatt's sentence is counted from the time of his arrest in February 20, 2014.
After Moffatt was led from the dock and the bench retired, Crown prosecutor Guy Newton addressed victims about the length of the sentence that had been met by waves of emotion.
Some of Moffatt's victims consoled each other. The length of the sentence was met with cheers outside the courtroom.
In court, Judge Frearson read out some of the lewd acts of the indecent assaults Moffatt committed at his remedial massage business.
His actions included massaging women's breasts, buttocks and groins.
In one instance Moffatt penetrated a woman with his fingers.
"He touched the lips of her vagina," Judge Frearson said.
"He put the ends of his first and second fingers into the entrance of her vagina. He used a circular motion with his hand and went in deeper to the second knuckle.
"He said, 'Is this good?'. She said, 'No'. He said, 'You must be hard to please'."
Moffatt earned the trust of victims over a number of appointments before he would assault them.
Judge Frearson said Moffatt had committed offences on a 48 victims aged between 18 and 70.
Moffatt's sentencing was adjourned on Monday after a medical report suggesting he had autism was presented last Friday by defence lawyer Linda McSpedden.
It was also said in court today Moffatt had prostate cancer and kidney issues.
Judge Frearson accounted for Moffatt's ailments but said the autistic disorder did not play a significant role in the offending.
"He created the opportunities in a calculated and a deliberate way," he said.
Judge Frearson said he believed Moffatt would be unlikely to re-offend as he appeared to have accepted responsibility for his actions.