physiotherapist Richard Hughes jailed for sexually assaulting patient, aged 70

A physiotherapist who sexually assaulted a female patient in Willaston has been jailed for 12 months.

Richard Hughes, 54, of Crewe Road, Willaston, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault.

The court heard how on Monday August 21, the 70-year-old victim had attended an appointment with Hughes for help with her back problems.

During her appointment, Hughes sexually assaulted the victim three times as she lay face down on a treatment table.

The victim got up from the table and challenged Hughes before fleeing the clinic.

She then called 999 and reported Hughes to police.

Officers attended the clinic that day and arrested Hughes on suspicion of sexual assault.

In addition to his 12-month prison sentence, Hughes was also handed a lifetime restraining order and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Following the sentencing Detective Sergeant Rob Bushell, of Crewe CID, said: “The victim was seeking treatment for her back problems and put her trust in Hughes to help but instead, she was subject to a terrifying ordeal.

“Hughes held no regard for how his actions would impact the victim and took advantage of her while she was in a vulnerable position, all for his own perverse sexual gratification.

“I hope that the sentence handed to Hughes provides some closure to the victim, who has shown an incredible amount of bravery throughout this investigation.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to encourage anyone who may have also been a victim of sexual assault to please get in touch.

“We continue to do all we can to tackle any incident of violence against women and take all reports of such crimes extremely seriously and will investigate thoroughly to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

Hughes was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 2 April.

To report any sexual offence call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or visit

Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

One Comment

  1. Des Turner says:

    generally all treatment rooms need cameras, or at the very least take a friend as chaperone

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