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Massage therapist sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault

Nathaniel Porter-Gowan, 41, convicted following May 2019 incident in The Blue Mountains; He will also be placed on sex-offender registry

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A former massage therapist convicted of sexually assaulting a client has been handed a six-month jail term.

Nathaniel Porter-Gowan, 41, was also given two years of probation in connection with the sex assault on May 25, 2019 during a massage in The Blue Mountains. He has also been placed on the sex-offender registry.

The woman, court had heard earlier, was on a girls’ weekend when she went for a massage, which degenerated into sexual touching. When she began crying on the table as the inappropriate behaviour began, he wiped her tears away and then ran his hands all over her body.

After leaving the massage, the woman reported the assault to police and abruptly cut her weekend short.

Porter-Gowan was suspended as a registered massage therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) as it conducts its own investigation.

A spokeswoman for the college said in an email that she can’t comment during this process.

“Normally, when both a criminal process and a CMTO investigation are occurring simultaneously, CMTO will await the outcome of the criminal process and any appeal period before continuing our investigation,” Angie Brennand, director of policy and communications stated.

About the Author: Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative

Marg. Buineman is an award-winning journalist covering justice issues and human interest stories for BarrieToday.
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