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Jail for physiotherapist who sexually assaulted a client

Bristol Crown Court

A physiotherapist is starting a jail term for indecently assaulting a client at his place of work in South Gloucestershire.

A jury found Michael Cox, 53, of Winchester, guilty of one count of sexual assault when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday 27 June.

The court heard he assaulted a woman between June 2013 and September 2014, after offering private ‘out of hours’ massages to members of staff for a reduced fee.

The court jailed him for 18 months and put him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. Cox is also on the barring list of the Disclosure and Barring Service and must pay £100 in compensation.

The jury acquitted him of two further counts of sexual assault.

Officer in the case DC Stephanie Pow said: “This man used his profession to carry out a sexual touching offence. I think this is a good result and shows the seriousness with which we take such reports. People are sometimes uncertain about coming forward to report this sort of allegation but it’s important to do so.”

If you have been affected by sexual assault you can report it online, or by calling 101.

More information about sexual assault and the support available for victims