Masseur, 33, jailed for five years for raping client in her own home
12th March 2021

Masseur, 33, is jailed for five years for raping client in her own home while she wept in 90-minute sex attack after she ordered his services online

  • Cosmin Tudorache, 33, assaulted woman after she answered to his advert
  • Subjected her to a string of attacks after she booked him on urbanmassage.com 
  • Sentenced to five years in jail for rape and two-and-a-half years for each assault

A masseur who raped a client during a 90-minute ordeal at her home has been jailed for five years.

Cosmin Tudorache, 33, assaulted the woman after she answered to his advert on urbanmassage.com.

His victim thought she would treat herself to a massage after her roommate went out with friends for the evening on October 6, 2017. 

However Tudorache subjected her to a string of sex attacks which left her feeling suicidal and petrified to speak.

A jury at Inner London Crown Court convicted him of rape and two counts of assault by penetration in January.

He was today sentenced to five years in prison for rape and two-and-a-half years for each assault, all of which will be served concurrently. 

Cosmin Tudorache, 33, was sentenced to five years in prison for rape and two-and-a-half years for each assault

Judge Jane Sullivan told Tudorache: ‘She booked a deep tissue massage at her home address through an app called Urban Massage which she had successfully used for months.

‘In fact, you had given her a massage months earlier but you did not remember.’

The judge went on to describe how the woman wept and froze as the masseur assaulted her.   

Judge Sullivan added:  ‘Although she did not say anything to you she was not consenting.

‘This was not a case of you misreading the situation. She had done nothing to encourage you. Her indications were to stop. You claimed the sex was consensual.

‘Her body was saying stop. You are a 33-year-old qualified masseur and this would have been apparent to you. You had a duty of care.

‘The psychological impacts on her are apparent from her two victim impact statements. She attended court to read out those statements.’       

Tudorache stared at the screen behind which his victim described how she became suicidal following the attack.

In her first statement, dated March 5, 2020, she read: ‘I was a happy social individual but I am no longer that person. Ever since I have been suffering from stress and anxiety.

‘It has caused my relationship with my then-partner to break down.

‘Given the stigma associated with rape I found out I could not trust some of my closest friends. Many of my friends shared the details with others and I felt betrayed.

‘This incident has destroyed my social life.’

The masseur (pictured outside Inner London Crown Court) raped the client after she answered to his advert on urbanmassage.com

The woman also told the court she experienced a panic attack every time she saw an advert for the massage company on the Tube ‘or any other public space’.

She said: ‘I often blame myself for not fighting back. I do not understand why I just lay there. I started to hate myself.

‘I used to go to work and cry in the toilets. Crying became quite disruptive to me daily life.

‘I started to feel suicidal and I called the Samaritans helping to calm me down on more than one occasion.

‘I did not feel safe living at home. I moved out and live in a place with full-time security.’

Reading from her second statement, dated January 13, this year, she told the court she had been ‘looking forward to the massage because I suffer from shoulder pains when I can’t even turn my neck’ but it ended in ‘my worst nightmare’.

She said: ‘I trusted him based on the company’s website. This trust, this professional trust which he had taken advantage of to rape me and turn me into a rape victim.

‘I am now hesitant to get a massage. My friends and family who do not know about the incident have since given me massage vouchers as a gift.’ 

Prosecution lawyer Kate Bumgart asked for a starting point of ten years custody, telling the judge ‘no words can describe what she is going through every day.’

She added: ‘He was a healthcare professional and this damages the public trust in the profession. She held her legs together. She did not touch his legs to initiate any sexual activity.’ 

Mark Gadsen, defending, said 26 references from women ‘who knew the defendant well’ had been submitted on behalf of his client and he had sent six of them to the judge. Four of those authors sat in the public gallery to watch.

A jury at Inner London Crown Court convicted him of rape and two counts of assault by penetration

He told the judge the rape ‘arose out of a genuine misreading of the situation’, adding: ‘The rape was terminated abruptly by the defendant as soon as the reality became clear to him.’ 

Tudorache, of Cricklewood, north west London, denied but was found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of assault by penetration.

He was sentenced to five years in prison for rape and two-and-a-half years for each assault, all of which will be served concurrently.

He was also handed a ten-year sexual harm prevention order which bans him from massaging a woman without a chaperone unless the client has knowledge of his conviction.

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