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Pervert hypnotist back on street

By Claire Weir

A victim of pervert hypnotist Richard Tilley today told of her shock after learning that the convicted sex offender was back on the streets.

Richard Tilley (68) walked free after serving just half of a four-year jail term imposed in February 2006 for indecently assaulting 10 clients at his practice in Brentwood Park in Foyle Springs between 2000 and 2004, working under the name Richard Glenn.

In 2007 , he also pleaded guilty to nine charges of indecently assaulting two women.

It is understood that he left Magilligan Prison £ where he was allowed to stay separate from other sex offenders — in the past week. He has also reportedly been sighted close to his home in recent days.

Had the pervert psychotherapist been sentenced under tougher new laws introduced two weeks ago after a Belfast Telegraph campaign to end the controversial 50% remission given to serious sex offenders, he could have served an indeterminate sentence.

Tilley became the first person known to have been handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by a Northern Ireland Crown Court, which effectively bans him from working as a therapist ever again, following his conviction last year. He is also on the Sex Offender's Register for life.

A 35-year-old woman who said she was left severely traumatised after escaping his clutches following a smoking cessation treatment several years ago today said she was "disgusted" at the prospect of bumping into the man she says "makes her skin crawl".

The woman, who does not wish to be named, was not one of the women who made formal complaints to police. She said he tried to persuade her to strip naked and to let him massage intimate parts of her body as part of the therapy that would help her stop smoking.

Despite his being expelled from the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (ICHP), an all-Ireland body based in Cork, the woman said she is worried he may try and start another practice somewhere else.

"I am totally disgusted that he is out already. What is to stop him changing his name and going somewhere else and using a different sort of therapy with a different registry and governing body in another country? People should be made aware of his wherabouts."

A spokesman for the Prison Service refused to comment on Tilley's release. However Nick Carson, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Sex Offender Strategic Management Committee, said while he could not comment on specific cases, offenders such as Tilley now face a number of stringent restrictions.

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