Massage therapist acquitted of 9 sex assault charges, convicted of assault

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Martin Huybers is shown at Shubenacadie provincial court on Nov. 7, 2019. (Craig Paisley/CBC - image credit)
Martin Huybers is shown at Shubenacadie provincial court on Nov. 7, 2019. (Craig Paisley/CBC - image credit)

A Nova Scotia massage therapist will be sentenced in September on a single assault charge.

But Martin Huybers, 54, has been acquitted of the nine sexual assault charges that he faced.

Huybers went on trial in November 2019. He had pleaded not guilty to sex charges involving eight women.

One woman testified Huybers assaulted her when she went to his Elmsdale, N.S., wellness centre in July 2014. She told court she went to RCMP after hearing police were investigating other complaints against the Upper Nine Mile River, N.S., man.

Judge Catherine Benton acquitted Huybers of sexual assault and found him guilty of assault earlier this month.

He will be sentenced on Sept. 23 in provincial court in Shubenacadie, N.S.

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