Burslem personal trainer jailed for sex assaults on women during massages


A personal trainer from Stoke-on-Trent has been jailed for sexually touching women while giving them recovery massages.

Mohsen Dastvard, 37, of Baird Court, Burslem, pleaded guilty to the charges on February 2.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Dastvard, who immigrated to England from Iran in 2013, offered his three victims massages to help with their aches and pains, before touching them sexually.

Peter McCartney, who was prosecuting the case, said: “Your victims had no experience of sport massaging.

“When you were interviewed initially, you said you had massaged the women to help with their aches and pains, but you denied any sexual touching.

“The victims were vulnerable as they trusted you. There is an abuse of trust.”

Anis Ali, who was defending Dastvard, said: “He accepted the charges put before him by the prosecution, and is remorseful for his actions.

“He is embarrassed, and says that he was not in the best place at the time.

“He has, in the past, been of good character.”

Recorder of Stoke-on-Trent, Judge Glenn, said: “This is not a one-off incident.

“There have been some psychological effects on the victims.

“You told one of the victims not to tell anyone that you were massaging her and sent her a text to try and cover your tracks.

“These are serious offences, especially as you were in a position of trust.”

Dastvard was sentenced to four years and three months for two charges of sexual assault and one charge of assault by penetration.

The former gym instructor also faces deportation when released from prison.


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