Peter Ferguson gave a woman a massage “to make her feel good”
A MARRIED council employee, who exchanged messages with a woman posing as an airline pilot, went to her house to give her a massage because he wanted to thank her for making her feel good , said a court.
Peter Ferguson used fake photos to start a chat with a woman on the Bumble dating app telling her he worked for British Airways and his name was Matt.
The conversation moved to the phone and Whatsapp and he told her that he had booked a session with a friend who was a knowledgeable masseur.
Ferguson himself then arrived at the woman’s home in Colchester – saying his name was Steve – to perform the massage and allegedly sexually assaulted her twice.
He denies the charges.
Testifying outside Chelmsford Crown Court, Ferguson said he did not use massage as an excuse to meet the woman as he knew he could never do it any other way as he was not actually who he claimed to be.
He said: “I didn’t want to design anything, I just wanted to help him.
“I didn’t want to seize the moment – I thought I could do something right.
“I enjoyed talking to him and wanted to give him something back.”
The court heard that Ferguson – an area manager with Colchester Council – started using dating sites last year after struggling with his family and work life.
He used his own photos on a site called Fab Swingers, but told the court there had been little interest from the women.
The 43-year-old then moved to Bumble where he used photos of a stranger he found on Facebook and started talking to the woman.
He said some of the posts included “sexual jokes” and agreed to send photos of a penis which he also found online.
When asked how the talks made him feel, he told the court: “It made me feel really good about myself and helped me get through the day.
Ferguson said he invented another character called Steve to give the massage because he didn’t want his wife to know about it, but denied going home with the intention of doing anything sexual.
He denies touching the woman inappropriately, saying he only moved a towel covering her body to continue the massage and added that he never told her he was a professional masseur.
He said: “At no time did I touch her inappropriately. At no time did I remove the towel from his body. At no time did I say that I was a professional masseur.
Ferguson, of Keelers Way, Great Horkesley, said he had no intention of cheating on his wife.