Perv acupunc­tur­ist de­nies sex at­tack

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By BRAD CHAD­WICK [email protected]­

AN ACUPUNC­TUR­IST forcibly per­formed oral sex on a 16-year-old girl, then told her to fake an ill­ness “so he could give her more or­gasms”, po­lice say.

Matthew John­son, 48, is ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the teen after sev­eral ses­sions of treat­ing her for an un­spec­i­fied in­jury at the One Yoga and Fit­ness cen­tre in Cler­mont, Florida.

Dur­ing one ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 30 last year, the girl got un­dressed and lay down, be­fore John­son be­gan telling her about how her eyes re­minded him of his ex-girl­friend, it is al­leged.

He is then said to have rubbed her legs, be­fore mov­ing his hand up to the girl’s vagina, and ask­ing: “Do you like it when I touch you there?”

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the en­counter left the young­ster “in shock and ter­ri­fied”.

John­son re­port­edly con­tin­ued to fon­dle the girl for 15 min­utes.

She also told how he then, “…Flipped me over and grabbed my legs and pulled me to­wards him. He put his mouth on me.”

As she left, John­son is said to have sug­gested an­other meet­ing, telling the girl that “she should in­form her par­ents that she needed to see him for more ap­point­ments so he could give her or­gasms and stated he looked for­ward to see­ing her”.

But she drove home and told her par­ents about the al­leged at­tack, with po­lice called out to the fam­ily’s home soon af­ter­wards.

One of­fi­cer had her call John­son while he lis­tened in, with the acupunc­tur­ist re­port­edly telling the teen he had only per­formed “med­i­cal treat­ment” when asked about his be­hav­iour.

He de­nied two fresh counts of bat­tery on Novem­ber 2 last year, and was sus­pended from his job at the end of last month, while he awaits trial.


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