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Sports massage therapist, 35, who sexually assaulted women in his clinic is jailed for four years

Sports massage therapist, 35, who sexually assaulted two women at his clinic and told one of them ‘I’m sorry my male urges took over’, is jailed for four years

  • Sports massage therapist Leon Tomasso, 35, was jailed for four years
  • He previously admitted to sexually assaulting two women at his clinic in 2019
  • He told one victim ‘misread the signs’ and the other he thought she would ‘appreciate it’
  • Officials claimed the massage therapist ‘exploited and abused’ the trust of his victims

A sports massage therapist who sexually assaulted two women at his clinic and apologized for his ‘masculine urges’ has been jailed for four years.

Leon Tomasso, 35, appeared at King’s Lynn Crown Court on Tuesday where he was sentenced after admitting two counts of assault by penetration on two women in 2019.

The court heard how Tomasso told a victim he had ‘misread the signs’ when he assaulted her before blaming his actions on her ‘masculine urges taking over’.

The second victim told officers how Tomasso said the assault was ‘part of the trigger’ and how he thought she would ‘enjoy it’.

Investigators have argued that the massage therapist ‘exploited and abused’ the trust of his victims when they were in a vulnerable situation.

Officials also applauded the women for coming forward, saying their “bravery and determination” were what got Tomasso jailed.

Sports massage therapist Leon Tomasso, 35, was jailed for four years after he sexually assaulted two women at his clinic and apologized to a victim for his “masculine urges”.

Tomasso, from Wymondham, assaulted the first victim during one of his regular sports massages at a clinic in Norfolk in 2019.

She told police that the massage therapist claimed he “misread the signs” when she challenged him immediately after the assault.

Then, when she asked him about the ‘signs’ that made him think it was okay to penetrate her, he allegedly told her, ‘I’m sorry, my male urges took over. This will not happen again.

The following day, Tomasso assaulted a second woman during a sports massage at a gym. The second victim claimed Tomasso said the assault was “part of the trigger” and how he thought she would “enjoy it”.

He later told her that he knew he had “crossed the line” and that he would “let his emotions get away from him”.

Both victims reported the assaults to Norfolk police and Tomasso was arrested at his home days later. He was then taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Center for questioning.

The massage therapist was released on bail by the police and later charged.

Tomasso was convicted after previously admitting two counts of assault by penetration on two women in the winter of 2019. He is pictured (right) at an event in Norfolk in 2016 with an unidentified client

Investigators have argued that the massage therapist ‘exploited and abused’ the trust of his victims when they were in a vulnerable situation. Tomasso is pictured with an unidentified client in 2020

In their victim impact statements, both women described how they were still suffering the effects of the assaults nearly three years later.

“I can’t even begin to articulate the look on my husband’s face when I burst into tears and tried to tell him what happened,” the first victim said.

“I always looked for the good in people, focused on their positives, but Tomasso changed me.

“I now find myself filled with distrust, suspicious of men’s intentions and fearful to be nice in case it is misinterpreted and hope that I will eventually come to terms with what happened, but the impact on me and my life cannot be underestimated.

The second victim added: “I felt completely violated and distraught. I thought I was supposed to be in a place of safety and respect, but I wasn’t. The last two and a half years have caused a lot of stress and heartbreak, not only for me but also for my family and my fiancé.

“Even though they don’t mention it, I still see the sleepless nights and the anxiety on their faces. I became jaded and distrustful of people and that trust in people can be so easily broken.

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