Sports massage therapist jailed for sexual assaults

A sports activities massage therapist from Wymondham who admitted sexually assaulting two ladies has been jailed.

Leon Tomasso, age 35, of Papillion Road, Wymondham, appeared at King’s Lynn Crown Court as we speak (Tuesday 30 August 2022) and was jailed for 4 years.

Tomasso admitted two counts of assault by penetration on two ladies in November 2019 at an earlier court docket listening to.

The court docket heard how Tomasso assaulted the primary sufferer on 19 November 2019 throughout one among her common sports activities massages at a clinic in Acle.

The sufferer instructed officers how Tomasso had mentioned he had “misinterpret the indicators” when she challenged him instantly following the assault. Then, when she questioned him over which “indicators” had made him assume that was okay, he instructed her: “I’m sorry, it was my male urges that took over. It received’t occur once more.”

The following day Tomasso assaulted a second girl throughout a sports activities massage at a health club in Norwich. The second sufferer instructed officers how Tomasso had mentioned the assault was “a part of the wind-down” and the way he thought she “would take pleasure in it,” when she challenged him. He later instructed her he knew he’d “crossed the road” and that he’d “let his feelings get away from him.”

Both victims reported the assaults to Norfolk Police and Tomasso was arrested at his residence on 21 November 2019 and brought to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. He was launched on police bail and subsequently charged.

In their Victim Personal Statements (VPS), each ladies described how they’re nonetheless struggling the results of the assaults almost three years’ later.

The first sufferer mentioned: “I can’t even start to articulate the look on my husband’s face once I broke down sobbing and tried to inform him what had occurred.

“I’ve at all times regarded for the great in individuals, centered on their positives…however Tomasso has modified me. I now discover myself stuffed with distrust, cautious of males’s intentions and petrified of being good in case it’s misconstrued…and hope that ultimately I’ll come to phrases with what has occurred, however the affect on me and my life can’t be underestimated.”

In her VPS, the second sufferer mentioned “I felt utterly violated and distraught. I believed I used to be imagined to be in a spot of security and respect, however this was not the case.

“The final two and half years has induced lots of stress and heartache, not solely for myself but in addition my household and my fiancé. Even although they don’t point out it, I nonetheless see the sleepless nights and anxiousness on their faces. I’ve develop into jaded and suspicious of individuals and that belief in individuals will be so simply damaged.”

Detective Constable Hollie Blaker, who led the investigation, mentioned: “The victims will always remember what occurred, however I hope as we speak’s sentence brings some closure to their ordeal. I thank them for their braveness in coming ahead and for their resilience, energy, and help over the previous two-and-a-half years in getting this case to court docket. They have by no means wavered, even despite the period of time that has handed for the reason that assaults, and have been supremely courageous all through. I do know this has been distressing for them and their family members.

“Tomasso exploited and abused their belief after they turned to him for assist and had been at their most susceptible. Today it’s due to the bravery and dedication of those ladies that we’ve got been in a position to put Tomasso behind bars.”

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