Former NDG massage therapist gets 18 months for sexually assaulting clients

An ex-massage therapist who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven of his female clients has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Dave Kost admitted to the crimes committed between 2012 and 2016.

The judge said while Kost entered a guilty plea, expressed remorse and had no criminal record, he added that Kost did sexually assault seven women over a long period of time with psychological, personal and professional impacts for the victims.

In his brief ruling, Quebec Court Judge Denis Mondor said he wanted to underline the victims' distress and psychological consequences and hoped that they could take back control of their lives.

Mondor also said that while pre-sentencing and psycho-sexual reports suggested a low risk of re-offending, they could not tolerate that someone could take advantage of a situation where they were in a position of trust and the victims were vulnerable.

Crown prosecutor Anne Gauvin said she was disappointed with the sentence.

"My suggestion was one of 30 months which I thought was the one sending the right message," Gauvin told reporters.

Kost's lawyer said it was an appropriate sentence given the attenuating factors, adding her client is very remorseful about his actions.

Kost expressed little emotion as the sentence was handed down and as he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Kost will also have to serve 24 months of probation and undergo therapy during the first 12 months. He is forbidden from administering therapeutic massage and other such services to anyone except for close family.