A massage therapist sexually assaulted more than 20 clients at his business on Brisbane’s southside, including five children and 16 women, two of whom were intellectually impaired, a court has heard.
Samuel Joseph MacBean, 43, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to a string of charges, including eight counts of indecent treatment of a child, 12 counts of sexual assault, and one count of rape.
The abuse took place at his Moorooka therapeutic massage business between 2009 and 2013.
He also pleaded guilty to 22 counts observations of recordings in breach of privacy and one count of carrying on regulated business without a blue card.
The court heard MacBean would touch the women and girls inappropriately, on occasions when their parents were in the room.
Prosecutor Amelia Loode said he would secretly film the women and children undressing and would often smile at the camera while offending.
He also told the girls to use cream after the massage, which he would strategically place next to the camera.
Ms Loode described the offending as “systematic” and “premeditative”.
“It represents a significant breach of trust,” she told the court.
“An example of the brazenness of his offending is represented by those occasions where he offended with the parents of the underage children present in the room.”
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