A hypnotherapist has been jailed for more than two years after forcing a woman to engage in sexual activity while she was ‘under a spell’.
Ian Roper, 58, ‘commanded’ his victim to remove her clothes while making her believe she was sitting on a hot sunbed and rubbing sunblock onto her body, Bradford Crown Court heard.
When the woman woke up, Roper tried to ‘put her back under’ so she wouldn’t know what had happened to her.
He pleaded guilty at trial, despite initially claiming the allegations were false to the police, and was handed a 29-month sentence by the judge.
Officers also found five indecent images of children and a prohibited image of a child on Roper’s laptop.
He pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images.
Recorder David Gordon told Roper that his interests had been motivated by ‘selfish and sexual’ desires.
The judge also said Roper must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years and enforced a restraining order against him.
Recorder Gordon imposed a further 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which includes a ban on Roper working as a hypnotherapist.
He approached Roper and told him his offending was a very clear breach of trust and said he had engaged in a sustained assault on a complainant who had been vulnerable.
He said: ‘It is clear from her victim impact statement that she has not suffered serious physical harm, but she has suffered serious psychological harm.’
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