Ex-Lawyer Accused of Hypnotizing Women Charged in Ohio

30 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former attorney indicted.

ELYRIA, Ohio — A Sheffield attorney is facing 29 felony charges in connection with a nine-month investigation into accusations that he hypnotized clients for his sexual pleasure. Fine, 58, is charged with rape, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted rape, 15 counts of kidnapping, three counts of attempted kidnapping and two counts each of attempted sexual battery, attempted gross sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He said about 30 victims came forward after the initial allegations against Fine became public when the Lorain County Bar Association asked the Ohio Supreme Court to strip Fine of his law license last November.

Fine went to the Sheffield Village Police Department and told investigators that her Fine had allegedly hypnotized her in order to perform sexual acts during meetings at his office to discuss a custody dispute. But because of the nature of memory and the techniques that Fine allegedly used on his victims, Will said some of the victims had better recall than others of what happened to them while they were with Fine. Fine used sexually explicit language during the calls, which ended with Fine and the woman discussing legal matters, according to records filed with the state supreme court.

Fine fell under suspicion last fall after one of his clients became concerned that she was experiencing missing time and that “she was wet in her vaginal area, that her bra was disheveled” after she left his office or had conversations with him, according to court documents filed by Bar Association attorney Chris Cook. Police officers and investigators from the county prosecutor’s office wired the woman with video and audio recording equipment for a Nov. 7 meeting in Fine’s office, the motion said.

Instead, the woman began recording her interactions with Fine, included two incidents last October in which he allegedly put her into a trance and gave her sexual commands. After the woman listened to the recordings, she went back to police, who told her to cancel her next meeting with Fine, who continued to contact her to set up another meeting.

Cook said he wasn’t surprised by the indictment, given what he knows about the case against Fine, although he added that the criminal investigation turned up far more evidence of wrongdoing than the Bar Association probe had. James Gemelas previously has said the firm ended its relationship with Fine over unrelated issues months before they even knew about the hypnosis allegations.

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