Listen, I never went to law school, so I’m not updated about the proper protocol of being a lawyer, but I’m like 99.999% sure that trying to hypnotize your clients in order to have sex with them is definitely not chill. I get that America feels all topsy-turvy these days, but the last time I checked, lawyers aren’t supposed to be running around trying to rape people.
In November 2014, a woman wearing a hidden camera sat down in the Sheffield, Ohio office of respected divorce attorney Michael Fine. The Sheffield PD set up the sting after the woman claimed Fine would try to relax her before meetings using hypnosis, but then she realized he was actually trying to take advantage of her sexually. Like I said, bold move.
Fine pleaded guilty to putting five other women in similar trances throughout the month of September 2016. Prosecutors say the victim with the hidden camera went to the police after she realized that she had lost track of time after a previous meeting and her clothing was disheveled.
When the relaxation session moved to the couch, it became more sexual. Most of the time, the woman’s eyes are closed while Fine’s face gets closer to hers.
“Let’s take a deep breath … one more time. Ok, I gotta calm down, let’s do this together,” Fine says as the meeting begins. Each time I say the word sleep, you’re gonna go deeper and deeper, ten times deeper. One, two, three, sleep … one, two, three sleep,” Fine said as he appeared to attempt a hypnotic trance.
“He used my trust and his position as my attorney to gain information about my vulnerabilities. He then used that information not only to protect and defend me but also to manipulate, hurt, and take advantage of me,” said one of the victims when she spoke at Fine’s sentencing hearing in November.
Luckily, the pervert was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
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