News

Client fondled by masseuse during home treatment session

A PACIFIC Haven masseuse sexually abused his 28-year-old client under the disguise of performing treatment for her scoliosis.

But he will not spend a single night behind bars.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the woman was left feeling vulnerable after the attack, where the woman had her vagina and breasts fondled.

During the abuse Anthony Pittorino, 67, then engaged in what his defence lawyer described as banter.

"Don't worry sweetie, I have never lost a finger yet," Mr Hynes said Pittorino told the woman during the massage.

"Just don't jump."

Pittorino pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to two counts of indecent treatment.

The assaults occurred on December 21, 2013, while the woman was on the massage table.

Mr Hynes said the woman had sought out Pittorino to help treat scoliosis after her pain had become difficult to manage.

While being treated, Mr Pittorino touched her vaginal area and on the breasts in a way which was clearly sexual.

"He was in a position of trust," Mr Hynes said.

"She was in a vulnerable position."

The massage took place at Pittorino's home where he conducted his treatment sessions.

The woman only reported the matter to police after speaking with a friend.

The court heard the man later told police that the touches were known to be therapeutic in Europe.

Mr Hynes said the woman had been left traumatised by the event and was no long able to go to a masseuse despite still having severe pain from scoliosis.

Defence barrister Ross Summers handed to the court seven references from current clients who he said were aware of the allegations.

The references all said Pittorino did not act in a similar manner while conducting treatment.

Mr Summers said Pittorino accepted in hindsight the touches were inappropriate and consent had not been given.

Judge Helen Bowskill said the woman was in an incredibly vulnerable position.

"This young woman attended at your home," she said.

Pittorino was sentenced to 12 months jail to be wholly suspended for 18 months.

Topics:  hervey bay district court, massage, sexual assault




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Wobbly Warriors escape Sunbury with the points

PENALTY: United Warriors' Shaun Mitchell is brought down in the penalty box during Saturday night’s Wide Bay League game against : Sunbury Blues at Maryborough Cricket Club.

United Warriors held off a spirited Sunbury comeback.

UK Football Trials are set to begin in Hervey Bay

UK Football Trial's first Australian tour starts today.

Mariners beat Maroochydore to keep SCRU season alive

Christian Mostert playing for Mariners in the game against Maroochydore in Hervey Bay on Saturday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Fraser Coast fought hard to beat Maroochydore 17-10.

Latest deals and offers

WIDE BAY LEAGUE: Cameron Hanrahan talks about United Warriors' win

WIDE BAY LEAGUE: Cameron Hanrahan talks about United Warriors' 4-3 win over Sunbury...

MATCHPLAY MINUTE: U13 Girls state hockey 2

This segment features the Under-13 Girls State Hockey Championships fixture between...

MATCHPLAY MINUTE: U13 Girls state hockey 1

This segment features the Under-13 Girls State Hockey Championships fixture between...

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"