A reiki healer who sexually assaulted two patients has been jailed for three years.
Ian Gray, 59, of Point Road, Canvey, was charged with six counts of sexual assault between December 2008 and February 2014 involving five women during reiki healing sessions in Canvey.
He denied the charges and following a trial at Basildon Crown Court, he was convicted of four counts and found not guilty of two on July 26.
Gray was sentenced today, Wednesday August 24, to two-and-a-half years for one count, six months for another to run consecutively, and 18 months each for two counts, to run concurrently.
He was placed on the sex offenders register for life and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Jon Holden, said: “The sentence given today reflects the seriousness of the offences committed against these women.
“Ian Gray took full advantage of his position as a reiki healer and spiritualist medium and targeted these vulnerable victims who came to him for help.
“He returned their trust in him by sexually abusing them over a long period of time.
“Gray was predatory in his actions, grooming his victims while maintaining an air of respectability throughout the local community and spiritualist community.
“If it wasn’t for the bravery of the women who came forward, he would not have been brought to justice and I can only commend them for breaking their silence.”