Ex-counselor sentenced for making woman perform phony ‘breathing exercises’

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A former drug-abuse counselor must serve two years of probation for threatening to jail a woman if she didn’t perform inappropriate “breathing exercises.”

Richard C. Corley, 50, of Mount Joy, also must have a sex-offender evaluation and mental health assessment as part his sentence Wednesday in Lancaster County Court. He was convicted in April of misdemeanor criminal coercion.

Corley asked the woman to perform the exercises during night-time hours and on online video so he could watch. He claimed the “breathing exercises” were part of a hospital study and she could earn $5,000 for participating, and he said the breathing would help release toxins from her body, according to District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.

She eventually reported the requests to her probation officer.

Prosecutors said they heard from several other women, after Corley’s conviction, that Corley had them perform similar exercises many years ago.

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