Sex offender gets five years minimum

The Darley masseur who sexually assaulted 24 different women has been jailed for at least five years.

Ronald Van Dorp, 54, appeared in the Melbourne County Court on Friday (October 31), where he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of indecent assault and two charges of digital rape.

Van Dorp was arrested in October 2013 after a number of victims – aged between 16 and 60 – were sexually assaulted whilst receiving a massage at his Vitality Centre in Darley.

Judge Felicity Hampel described his behaviour as “predatory and exploitative”.

She said Van Dorp, who is married with two adult children, preyed on vulnerable women in what should have been “an opportunity to relax and indulge”.

Van Dorp initially denied the allegations – claiming that there was no genital contact and that if there had been it was unintentional, the court heard.

However after a further psychological analysis, Van Dorp stated that his behaviour started by accident and that it had turned into somewhat of a “dare”.

He referred to his conduct as “flirty” and “cheeky”.

Judge Hampel said that Van Dorp had taken women into the isolation of his residential business and broken their trust.

Van Dorp was sentenced on all charges to a maximum prison term of eight years and four months, with a non-parole period of five years and 10 months.

He will be classed as a registered sex offender for a period of eight years.

First appeared in The Moorabool News.

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