A massage therapist who raped a client at her home in Lambeth has been jailed for five years.
On Friday, March 12, Cosmin Tudorache was sentenced after being found guilty at a trial at Inner London Crown Court in January.
He was also put on the sex offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.
Tudorache, from Dollis Hill in Brent, was found guilty of rape and two counts of assault by penetration.
The court heard his victim, a woman in her 30s, had booked a 90-minute deep tissue massage at her home in Lambeth through an app she used regularly.
Part way through the massage, he began sexually assaulting the woman before raping her. In court he tried to claim they had consensual sex.
Nathan Paine-Davey, a senior prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “As a professional massage therapist on a house call, Cosmin Tudorache’s actions amounted to a grave abuse of trust. He took advantage of his victim who was alone.
“Tudorache claimed that the sexual activity had been consensual, or at worst – a misunderstanding. But the jury, having heard directly from the victim, decided otherwise.
“I would like to highlight the bravery of the victim who gave evidence during the trial. I hope this conviction goes some way in helping her move forward in her life.
“Sexual offences are some of the most traumatic and complex cases to prosecute, but the CPS will bring offenders to justice where there is the evidence to do so.”