Masseur denies charge



WHAT started as a friendly massage landed Rockhampton naturopath Robert Graham Coram in court yesterday after it was alleged he indecently touched a colleague.

Coram yesterday pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Rockhampton District Court, insisting the massage he gave to the 27-year-old woman was above board.

In his opening address Crown Prosecutor Paul Alsbury said Coram touched the woman's genitals, nipples and pubic hair during the massage.

He said the incident took place when the woman, a chiropractor, visited his Rockhampton clinic in early 2002 investigating the possibility of taking a job there.

The woman complained of muscular pain and Coram offered her a massage in exchange for a back adjustment, he said.

Mr Alsbury alleged the woman was told to strip down to her "birthday suit'' but said she kept her underpants on.

He said she was given only a small cloth to cover herself and alleged Coram also pulled down her underpants to massage her buttocks and pubic area.

But Coram took the stand yesterday afternoon to deny anything inappropriate took place.

Coram, who has worked as a masseur for about 20 years and has previously won a state award for naturopathy, insisted he massaged the woman like he did with every other client.

When asked if he touched her genitals he responded: "Most definitely not, never do, never have, never will.''

The jury hearing the trial is expected to retire to consider their verdict today.



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