A MARRIED former bank worker and community campaigner has admitted sexually assaulting a weight-loss group leader during a bizarre palm reading session.
David Deanshaw stroked and kissed the woman’s hand after telling her about one of his sexual encounters, saying: “I used to be a predator but I take things more gently now.”
Deanshaw, a former secretary of Balsall Common Residents’ Association, also told his victim that she was “not a one-man woman,” Warwick Crown Court heard.
Matthew Barnes, prosecuting, said Deanshaw, who had been married for 35 years, struck after attending an information session run by the woman, a weight loss counsellor in Solihull. He stayed behind on the pretext of discussing a medical condition before telling her she had creative hands and starting to read her palm.
Mr Barnes said: “She felt he was deriving sexual satisfaction from touching her hand and talking inappropriately, which made her speechless and frightened.”
The court heard she pulled away and moved towards the exit but he took hold of her hand, lifted it to his mouth and kissed it. The woman said she felt “violated” by the incident and was now wary of accepting male clients.
Former Barclays Bank worker Deanshaw, 69, of Station Road, Balsall Common, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman.
He was given a community sentence with three years’ supervision and ordered to take part in a sex offenders’ programme and register as a sex offender for five years. Deanshaw, who was also ordered to pay £535 costs, was banned from contacting his victim or going to her place of work.
John Attwood, defending, said Deanshaw was active in the Balsall Common community. He had been reading palms for around 40 years and it was the first time he had over-stepped the mark.
“The fact he is in the crown court for an offence like this is punishment enough,” said Mr Attwood.