Kent Chiropractor Jailed For Abuse

15 July 2016, 07:43 | Updated: 15 July 2016, 07:46

A Kent chiropractor, who sexually assaulted patients and used a hidden camera to watch them undress, has been jailed.

Christopher Foley, 67 and of Carnellis Road in St Ives, Cornwall, pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual assault and 11 counts of voyeurism at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 18 May.

He was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment at the same court on Thursday 14 July.

The court heard that all of the offences took place at his private practice, in Pembury High Street, between January 2011 and October 2013.

Foley was first arrested on 13 November 2013 after officers received a complaint from a woman who had attended his practice for treatment.

She reported that while she had been left alone to undress, she noticed a small camera in the room.

Once treatment had finished and she picked up the camera and noticed it had been recording her change.

Upon being arrested Foley admitted filming women at his clinics for around two years.

An analysis of the camera and Foley’s computer revealed 16 different videos featuring seven different women.

All of the videos had been taken without the victim's consent and one showed him sexually assaulting a victim.

Foley also admitted a charge of possessing extreme images.

Detective Constable Wendy Thatcher, the investigating officer for this case, said: "Foley knew that his victims had put a great deal of trust in him and he chose to repeatedly exploit this for his own gratification.

"As a result he has left a number of women feeling violated, embarrassed and betrayed. It is fit and proper that he has received a custodial sentence.

"I hope that this result brings some comfort to his victims and shows that we take all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously.

"If there is anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence I would encourage them to get in contact with Kent Police.

"We will support you from start to finish and will work tirelessly to ensure offenders are brought to justice."