Halifax faith healer jailed over sexual assaults

Goerge Boak. Picture by rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

Goerge Boak. Picture by rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

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A Christian faith healer from Halifax who sexually assaulted three female patients has been sentenced to two years in prison.

George Boak, 70, a healer for 25 years, claimed the patients had felt “phantom hands” touching them during their treatment.

But Mr Boak was found guilty on two counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault earlier this month.

He was arrested by police in March last year after one woman alleged he had put his hand down her T-shirt touching her breast and had also put his fingers down her leggings and inside her underwear.

The subsequent police investigation then uncovered two more victims, one of whom Mr Boak convinced should be naked during her treatment before touching her breast and genital area.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Mr Boak then “groomed” his third victim.

Mr Boak told her she was “stunning” and “beautiful” during one visit before touching her breast and asking her to take her clothes off during another visit.

The court heard that one of the victims stopped visiting Mr Boak immediately after she was assaulted, but the other two patients only continued their treatment out of fear and desperation due to the pain they were suffering.

Mr Boak shook his head during Judge Jonathan Rose’s summing up.

Judge Rose said Mr Boak’s had committed acts of “depravity, lust and were reprehensible”.and that he had “breached the trust of vulnerable people”.

Judge Rose also said Mr Boak, from Aysgarth Avenue in Lightcliffe, had showed “little or no remorse” for what he had done.

Mr Boak was also placed on the sexual offences register for 10 years, and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order prohibiting him from treating anyone under 18 without an accompanying adult.