Masseuse jailed for sexual assaults
A masseuse who sexually assaulted two women during massage therapy has been jailed.
Jay Steel, 60 (14.01.62) of Whielden Road, Stoke, was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault following the conclusion of the trial at Croydon Crown Court on 19 May 2022.
He was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 5 August to 18 months' imprisonment and issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order lasting seven years.
The court heard how Steel had advertised his services offering deep tissue massages through a website.
The two women – who attended a session independently of each other – were each sexually assaulted while Steel supposedly carried out his massage treatment.
The incidents happened on February 2017 and April 2019.
After the first incident on 27 February 2017 at a venue in Southwark, the woman reported the attack to police. Steel was arrested on 1 March but released under investigation after denying the allegations.
The other attack happened in March 2019 at an address in Dollis Hill. The incident was reported to police but Steel again denied any offences had taken place, claiming he had only carried out professional massage services as described in his advert.
Steel was subsequently charged in April 2021 and convicted as above.
Detective Constable Victoria Gaunt led the investigation and said: “Jay Steel is a sexual predator who used the guise of a masseuse to assault women, who had placed their trust in him, for his own perverted gratification.
“The women Steel abused have shown great strength and courage to report their ordeal to police and support our investigation – I hope his conviction brings them some sense of justice.
“It is highly likely that Steel carried out other attacks while masquerading as a masseuse. I would ask any women who believe they have been a victim of Steel to come forward and speak to police. I hope his conviction demonstrates the Met’s commitment to investigating sexual offenders and ensuring they are held to account for their actions.”