January 7, 2014

This article was originally published on, Tuesday January 7

Woman testifies about sexual encounter with foot fetishist

Tues Jan. 7, 2014
By Sam Pazzano
Toronto Sun

The mother of an 11-year-old London girl who alleged foot fetishist Michael James Fells sexually assaulted her in her home testified Tuesday that she had a consensual encounter with him the same day.

The 42-year-old mother of three had invited Fells, communicating through sexually suggestive texts, to her home in January 2012 — less than two weeks after he had been freed from a Hamilton jail where he had served time with the woman’s 22-year-old son.

The woman said Fells painted her toe-nails purple and massaged her feet during their sex session and, earlier, urged her to purchase fishnet stockings.

Fells’ lawyer Margaret Bojanowska read the woman’s texts in court where the witness asked Fells whether he was well-endowed and a good kisser.

Fells is accused of sexually assaulting the witness’ nine-year-old daughter in London a few days after abusing a Toronto woman.

Fells, 31, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges. He also allegedly violated court orders barring him from representing himself as someone with a degree in massage therapy, training for massage or touching a woman’s feet without her or a probation officer’s consent.

A publication ban is protecting the identity of the complainants and other witnesses.

The witness, who also has a seven-year-old daughter, told Justice Alison Harvison-Young Madam said she told Fells that her previous lovers hadn’t rubbed or massaged her feet.

“(They) didn’t rub your feet like a queen?” responded Fells in his text.

The woman said her text messages queried Fells on his feelings on public displays of affection. She slept with him the first night he arrived and on the morning of that day, her nine-year-old alleged Fells used her feet to gratify himself.

Fells never returned to the woman’s home because he was arrested at a London probation office because of the Toronto allegations.

The woman denied Bojanowska’s suggestions that she, the witness, was pursuing a relationship with Fells. She said Fells wasn’t her type because he was “too white.”

The trial resumes Wednesday.


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