'Spiritual healer' George Boak guilty of groping patients

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A "spiritual healer" has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three women during therapy sessions.

George Boak, 70, of Aysgarth Avenue, Lightcliffe, near Halifax, had denied two charges of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.

Boak put his hand down one woman's top and pushed himself against her during treatment at his home, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Boak, who is married, is due to be sentenced on 28 June.

The court was told Boak claimed to use an energy flowing through his hands to treat physical conditions.

He was arrested last year after one of his patients made a complaint to police.

Officers seized his address book and diary, which led them to a second victim, the court heard.

A third came forward following reports in a local newspaper.

Boak had told detectives he treated patients in various ways which sometimes included touching their skin.

He said that very occasionally he might have touched intimate areas, but only if specifically asked by patients.

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