A businessman who sexually assaulted women he had hired as first aid training 'bodies' has been jailed.
Kevin McCarthy, 67, of Northwood, Middlesex, devised an elaborate plan to facilitate assaults on a total of four victims in 2019.
He appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in north London on Friday where he was sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £10,000 compensation to each of the women.
McCarthy pleaded guilty to nine offences of assault by penetration at an earlier hearing on 22 June last year.
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McCarthy lured the victims into his company by posting a fake job advert on social media asking for “training patients” who were to receive £75 an hour to act as “bodies” in a first aid course.
He added the job was for a charity whose employees were due to travel to war-torn countries.
Applicants were required to take part in a 30-minute initial assessment session with McCarthy to ensure they were comfortable with and suitable for the role.
McCarthy hired out a room at a health clinic in EC1 in order to keep up the con and avoid suspicion.
He was eventually caught after a woman who attended one of the “training” sessions became suspicious and called police on 17 October 2019.
McCarthy had asked her to fully undress which made her uncomfortable, and when she asked to see a medical certificate or some form of identification he was unable to provide it.
McCarthy escaped through the window when the woman threatened to call police and returned with the office manager to retrieve documents she forgot.
He had given a false name, so detectives viewed CCTV footage which showed a black Land Rover leaving the scene shortly after the woman had indicated she would contact authorities.
Officers traced the vehicle to a company which listed McCarthy as a partner.
Further enquiries identified four victims who were all contacted by police. McCarthy had committed his offences on 23 May 2019.
On 12 November 2019 McCarthy was arrested and gave a no comment interview. He was charged two days later.
Detective Sergeant Joel Gregory said: “McCarthy targeted young, vulnerable women and took advantage of their trust and need for employment in order carry out his awful crimes.
“He constructed an elaborate deception in order to fulfil his own sexual fantasies without any regard for the damage he has caused the victims.
“McCarthy is a thoroughly manipulative individual who has been convicted thanks to the bravery of the victims who have come forward to provide police with their accounts.
“I have every suspicion that there are further victims out there, and I would urge them to come forward with any further information.”