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FOOL BODY MASSEUR BEATS SEX CHARGES.

A MASSEUR accused of fondling women was branded "extremely foolish" yesterday.

But a sheriff said he had to clear Denis Shepherd of indecent assault despite his "considerable suspicion" about his behaviour.

Shepherd, 47,was accused by two women who'd won full body massages in a pounds 1 charity prize draw in Boots.

The women - a nurse and a cook in their 20s - told Aberdeen Sheriff Court Shepherd groped them as they lay naked on his massage table.

And Sheriff Alexander Eccles said the two alleged victims appeared truthful and were clearly distressed, while Shepherd was "evasive".

But the sheriff said he had to find the charges - which Shepherd denied - not proven as the women's evidence didn't prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

But he added: "The accused has, in my view, been extremely foolish and should look seriously at his methods of practice.

Outside the court, Shepherd, of Wallfield Crescent, Aberdeen said: "I don't really want to say anything about the case. I'm just looking forward to getting on as normal - it's a great relief."
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Author:Banks, Ken
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 1999
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