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'Depraved' groping faith 'healer' jailed for sex assaults

A "faith healer" who sexually assaulted female patients has been jailed for two years for what a judge described as "acts of depravity and lust".

George Boak, 70, of Aysgarth Avenue, Lightcliffe, indecently assaulted three women he was treating at his home.

He told Bradford Crown Court his victims were experiencing "phantom hands" - a phenomenon in which patients imagine they are being touched.

Boak was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Judge Jonathan Rose said during the sentencing at Bradford Crown Court that the phantom hands explanation was a "significant lie".

He said Boak had preyed on vulnerable and desperate women and had shown "continuing unwillingness to demonstrate any remorse whatsoever".

'Upset and crying'

Boak "treated" them by using so-called faith healing techniques which involved touching patients' bodies in various places to alleviate discomfort.

He put his hand down the underwear of the first victim, leaving the woman "distressed, upset and crying", the court heard.

Boak hugged the second victim, who was being treated while naked, then kissed her breast and touched her.

He apologised, claiming he mistakenly thought she wanted him to make advances, but denied he had committed a criminal offence.

The third victim was "groomed" by Boak, Judge Rose said.

She stopped going for treatment because she felt uneasy, but she returned out of desperation when she was in pain.

Boak "attacked" her, the judge said, despite her attempts to resist.

The woman reported the assault which lead to Boak being arrested and the other victims coming forward with allegations that spanned several years.

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