Addiction guru guilty of sexual abuse, jailed for five years

Addiction guru Keith Bakker has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing a number of clients by a court in Amsterdam. The guilty verdicts included three counts of rape, including one of a 15-year-old girl, website said.

Bakker, a former addict, set up a successful anti-addiction clinic but his empire collapsed after complaints of sexual abuse began to surface at the end of 2010.
Bakker, who has been in custody since April 2011, was charged with abusing a number of women and girls. The prosecution department said Bakker abused his position as a therapist and took advantage of vulnerable patients.
While admitting some of the abuse charges and overstepping the boundaries of a therapist, Bakker has always denied rape.
Bakker was not in court to hear today’s verdict. The judge said all the media attention on the case was no reason to pass a lower sentence.

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