Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

NZ osteopath charged with sex assault

Gene Scorringe. Photo: Gene Scorringe / Facebook
Gene Scorringe. Photo: Gene Scorringe / Facebook

A New Zealand osteopath has been charged with sexually assaulting a female client at his Sydney clinic.

Gene Scorringe, 38, appeared in court on Thursday charged with having sexual intercourse without consent with the woman and twice indecently assaulting her at his Bondi Osteopathic Physiotherapy Clinic this year.

Scorringe, originally from Whangamata and who moved to Australia a decade ago, was released on bail by a Waverley Local Court judge.

He will not be able to treat female patients without supervision while the court case is pending, and has surrendered his New Zealand passport and posted a $10,000 surety.

His barrister David McCallum said there could be confusion about the touching, which Scorringe said was an osteopathic technique called a "pelvic floor release", the Daily Telegraph reported.

"He's not saying the nature of the techniques were not in any way intimate or could not have been perceived to have been that way by the complainant.

There may have been some accidental or inadvertent touching," Mr McCallum was reported as saying.

Scorringe, who graduated from University of Western Sydney with a degree in Biomedical Health Science and a Masters in Osteopathy, is the sole director and principal osteopath of his Bondi Junction clinic, which has up to eight other staff.

The court heard that he has performed up to 10,000 treatments without complaint in the past five years.

He has indicated he will fight the charges.

"Gene has a proven track record of success in treating chronic conditions where patients have been suffering," his website states.

"Gene applies his knowledge and skills in treating conditions where the mechanics of the body are impaired, causing discomfort and pain.

"Furthermore Gene is trained to seek out the underlying cause of acute and chronic pain, which can come from a recent or old injury, a postural strain, stress or an underlying disease."

The case will next call at Downing Centre District Court on August 18.

- NZ Herald

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