A CUMBRIA based health professional who worked in Carlisle has admitted nine sexual assaults on young men and two allegations of voyeurism.

At the city’s crown court today, Marc Manning, 36, who was worked as an occupational health technician for a private health firm, entered guilty pleas to all eleven allegations that he faced. Most of the offending was during 2018 and at various locations across Cumbria, including in Carlisle.

The victims were all young men.

The voyeurism offences, the court heard, were committed by the defendant "for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification".

One was committed on June 13, 2018, and the second voyeurism was committed between June 1, 2018, and January 1, 2021. The court heard that the second of those offences was a “specimen” count, signifying an as yet undisclosed number of such criminal acts.

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Judge Nicholas Barker adjourned sentencing in the case so that more work can be done to ensure the impact on the victims is made clear at the point of sentencing.

The judge said background papers spoke of how they had suffered a “loss of trust” as a result of the offending. The voyeurism offences related to recordings of the victims undertaking “personal acts,” the court heard.

Judge Barker adjourned the sentencing hearing until May 24 and granted bail to the defendant, whose address was given to the court as Glenmore Crescent, Thornton-Cleveleys, near Blackpool.

The name of the health firm involved was not revealed in court. Manning spoke during the hearing only to confirm his personal details and to enter his pleas. He was granted unconditional bail until the day of his sentencing.

In the meantime, said Judge Barker, Manning will have his name entered on to the Sex Offender Register. How long that will be the case will be determined by the ultimate nature and legth of his sentence.

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