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Fillo argued for a sentence of six and a half years, saying the most aggravating factor is that Donlevy was in a position of trust.“What you did to me changed me,” one of the women said directly to Donlevy as she read her victim impact statement, describing a continued fear of intimacy, even with her husband.Another woman told court she was so terrified of seeing Donlevy in public that she stopped going for runs. Ten years later, she said she finally has her life back.“The only reason I was assaulted is because I was in the presence of a coward,” she said.One woman commended all of the victims who came forward. Some of the women apologized for not disclosing their assaults when they happened, saying they were scared and confused. Many said they found the strength to report after learning Donlevy had been charged with other assaults.He was first charged in 2016 after two women reported he had touched them inappropriately in 2013 and 2016, during separate massage appointments at his home business, MD Muscle Therapy. The women came forward after reading online posts about similar allegations against him.Several allegations were made to police after the charges were announced, and Donlevy was charged with 10 more counts of sexual assault. He was also charged with an additional two counts of sexual assault unrelated to his massage therapy work, and received a three-year sentence on one of those charges. He is appealing the conviction.The Crown asked that Donlevy serve the proposed prison sentence consecutive to his current sentence, and that he be placed on the national sex offender registry for life. She then detailed the assaults.Donlevy’s offencesIn 2009, Donlevy, a student, agreed to provide a free massage treatment to a friend of his family who was suffering from scoliosis. She said Donlevy forcefully inserted his fingers inside her. After she slapped him, he said to her, “I thought you were into this,” and begged her not to call police. The woman told her mother, who advised her to stay quiet because of the family friendship.Also in 2009, Donlevy repeatedly grabbed another woman’s breasts and vagina during a massage, court heard. When she told him to stop, he accused her of being a “bitch” and sensitive.In 2016, he gave another woman with scoliosis what he described as a “pelvic exam” that involved rubbing her vagina. He told her to loosen up because she was “too tense” for what he wanted to do, court heard. He then grabbed her breasts and laughed. Court heard he later asked the woman to promote his business and to be his “personal project,” saying he wouldn’t charge her for the appointments. She did not respond.Donlevy told a woman with a sore back that she needed to take off her pants during a session in 2016 in order for him to treat the issue. He said it was because of the way certain muscles were connected, and tried massaging the woman’s inner thighs. When she pushed her legs together, he tried to open them, court heard. Donlevy also groped her breasts, which he said were getting in the way.He met another victim at a First Aid course in 2009 and offered her a free massage because he was a student. He penetrated her with his fingers, apologized, then continued to make sexual comments, court heard. Donlevy later messaged the woman, asking her to meet at his firehall for a massage.At the time, Donlevy was transitioning into massage therapy from his job as a firefighter. Fillo said he was a “robust individual” compared to his victims — a former body builder and member of the armed forces.A woman with a severe shoulder injury went to see him in 2015 and 2016 after he described himself as the most effective massage therapist in Saskatoon. She said he squeezed her breasts until they hurt and pushed her underwear aside so he could touch her vagina.Donlevy’s assaults have also stigmatized male therapists, hurting their livelihood, the reputation of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS), of which Donlevy belonged, and the profession as a whole, MTAS executive director Lori Green said in court.Defence lawyer Alan McIntyre asked to make his sentencing argument at a later date in order to call Donlevy’s psychologist to testify about a letter with some contested aspects.The hearing has been adjourned until Nov. 25.Related Warning: Graphic contentMost of the six women Mark McMahon Donlevy sexually assaulted had debilitating injuries and were enticed by the free massage services offered by a man they believed specialized in alleviating pain.The former registered massage therapist preyed on women who were in vulnerable positions — women who were partially dressed, lying on a massage table in his home clinic, Crown prosecutor Sheryl Fillo said during her sentencing submissions in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.Donlevy, 50, pleaded guilty in July to sexually assaulting three women in 2009, one woman in 2015 and two more in 2016, all during massage therapy sessions. The Crown agreed to stay six other sexual assault charges upon the conclusion of sentencing. Matt Olson / Saskatoon StarPhoenix / Saskatoon Mark Donlevy enters Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Sept. 7, 2018 Sentencing day arrives for former massage therapist Mark Donlevy on sexual assault charges Mark Donlevy pleads guilty to sexually assaulting six female massage clients Complete coverage: Mark Donlevy read more