Pervert health worker Marc ManningA pervert health worker who sexually assaulted nine men while carrying out fake hernia examinations an
Pervert health worker Marc Manning
A pervert health worker who sexually assaulted nine men while carrying out fake hernia examinations and spied on his victims as they used the toilet has been jailed for more than four years.
Ex-police community support officer Marc Manning, 36, carried out fake ‘examinations’ on patients while working for a private company that carried out health checks across the north west of England.
He ‘sexually touched’ his victims as well secretly filming men as they used a toilet in a gym, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
Manning was sentenced to four and a half years after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism charges.
Judge Archer said Manning abused his position of trust in a way that undermined the willingness of men generally to seek medical help from professionals.
He said: ‘The extent to which your offending represents a gross breach of trust cannot be overstated.’
The court that the assaults happened at various locations across the Cumbria. Prosecutor Harriet Lavin said that suspicions were raised in 2018 when workers revealed that Manning had been conducting so-called ‘hernia checks’ on certain men.
She said: ‘He was conducting checks which were not legitimate or required. Yet, using those checks as a pretext, Manning sexually touched the victims.
‘Hernia checks were not part of the standard health screening process, which ordinarily looked at issues such as blood pressure, eye sight, and weight. Urine samples were sometimes needed.’
Manning was sentenced to four and a half years at Carlisle Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism charges
Some of the men spoke of feeling deeply uncomfortable at what had happened while others described Manning’s behaviour as strange.
On one occasion, Manning told a worker that the chemicals he used could transfer to his genitals, which was an excuse to make an intimate examination, the court heard.
On another occasion, when the room in which the examination was being conducted was hot, Manning suggested the worker take off his top.
The court heard that some workers reported seeing a mobile phone propped up in the room – and this raised suspicions that Manning was also filming the assaults.
No video footage was ever found to confirm this, but Judge Richard Archer said he had concluded that was Manning’s intention.
Anthony Parkinson, defending, said Manning had shown genuine remorse for his offences and had already taken steps to address his offending behaviour.
Normally, the previous good character of a defendant is regarded as a mitigating factor.
But in Manning’s case, said the judge, it was an aggravating factor because this had allowed Manning to take a job which was a position of trust.
Along with his prison sentence, Manning was put on the sex offender’s register indefinitely, and when released, he will be subjected to a sexual harm prevention order.
This will mean he is barred from owning any camera and any digital device he owns will have to be subjected to strict monitoring and control.
Six of his victims were in court to see him sentenced, as were the defendant’s parents.
After the case, Detective Constable Charlotte Jones, from North Cumbria’s Crime and Safeguarding Team, said: ‘All of the victims in this case have had health checks conducted on them which they presumed to be part of what Manning’s work should entail, but it in fact was not.
‘Manning completely abused his position of trust subjecting his victims to sexual assaults for his own fulfilment. I would like to thank the victims in this case for coming forward and for their courage in reporting such a crime.
‘We will not stop in our drive to bring offenders to justice and hopefully this outcome will help to encourage victims of sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward and report it.’