FILMED SEX­UAL AC­TIV­ITY WITH A PATIENT

Os­teopath cleared of sex as­sault but warned he could be jailed for voyeurism of­fence:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

AN os­teopath has been warned he could be locked up af­ter ad­mit­ting a voyeurism charge. Michael Ge­orge Ham­mond, of Llan­goed near Beaumaris, is said to have covertly filmed a sex­ual en­counter with a fe­male patient at a clinic in Liver­pool be­tween 2007 and 2009.

The 61-year-old had ad­mit­ted the charge when he ap­peared at an ear­lier hear­ing, but de­nied a sep­a­rate charge of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing another fe­male patient at a clinic on An­gle­sey two years ago.

He stood trial at Caernar­fon Crown Court on that charge but, af­ter a three-day trial, the jury unan­i­mously cleared him of the al­le­ga­tion.

Ad­journ­ing sen­tence for the prepa­ra­tion of a re­port by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice, Judge Huw Rees said he wanted to know more about Ham­mond.

“I need to know more about his back­ground and the ef­fect it may have on his em­ploy­ment,” said the judge. “He is at risk of go­ing to prison.” De­fence coun­sel Si­mon Mintz, re­ply­ing to the judge, said Ham­mond had not been prac­tis­ing re­cently.

He asked for an ad­journ­ment so the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice could in­ves­ti­gate whether non-cus­to­dial sen­tences would be more ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ad­dress­ing Ham­mond, the judge said: “You have been found not guilty of the charge of sex­ual as­sault by the jury, but you have pleaded guilty to voyeurism.

“The case will be listed for sen­tence on Au­gust 9 but, by ad­journ­ing sen­tence, I am not giv­ing you any in­di­ca­tion of what that sen­tence will be.

“I am keep­ing an open mind. It could be cus­tody or it could be some­thing else.”

Ham­mond was re­manded on con­di­tional bail un­til the next hear­ing.

Out­lin­ing the facts of the voyeurism case, pros­e­cu­tor Ffion To­mos said the video showed Ham­mond and the woman en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity on the treat­ment ta­ble.

“He ap­pears to be treat­ing her as nor­mal and then be­gins to re­move her un­der­wear and mas­sages her back and but­tocks,” she said.

“The fe­male has not been iden­ti­fied and po­lice have not been able to con­tact her.”

She said the video came to light as a re­sult of al­le­ga­tions made about Ham­mond fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent al­leged to have taken place in 2016.

DAVID POW­ELL

Michael Ge­orge Ham­mond of Llan­goed, An­gle­sey, out­side Caernar­fon Crown Court

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