The police believe it is “very possible” that the masseuse attacked further victims who have not yet come forward.
A masseuse who sexually abused two women after promising them “deep tissue massages” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Between February 2017 and April 2019, Jay Steel, 60, sexually assaulted the ladies five times in different south London locales.
As Steel, of Whielden Road, Stoke, allegedly performed his “treatments,” they were both assaulted.
After the first incident, which happened on February 27 at a Southwark location, the lady reported the assault to the police, and Steel was taken into custody on March 1.
Steel was then reported once again for another incident in Dollis Hill in March 2019 after being freed while an inquiry was ongoing.
Meanwhile, the investigation’s principal detective, Detective Constable Victoria Gaunt, declared: “It is quite probable that Steel carried out further offences while posing as a masseuse.”
Steel maintained his innocence throughout the trial, saying that he had only provided the kind of expert massage services that were advertised in his advertisement.
On May 19, 2022, Steel was found guilty of five charges of sexual assault during a jury trial at Croydon Crown Court.
On August 5, he received an 18-month jail term in the same court, as well as a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Constable Victoria Gaunt, who is in charge of the investigation, said that Jay Steel is a sexual predator who preyed on women for his own perverse satisfaction while posing as a masseuse.
The women Steel mistreated have shown incredible fortitude and bravery in coming forward with their stories to the police and helping with our inquiry; I hope that his conviction gives them a measure of closure.
“It is quite possible that Steel pretended to be a masseuse and committed additional crimes.” I would kindly invite any females who think they may have been Steel’s victims to come forward and contact the authorities.
“I hope his conviction shows the Met’s dedication to looking into sexual offenders and making sure they are held accountable for their conduct,” the author said.