An Ohio Lawyer, Michael Fine, was jailed for reportedly hypnotizing female clients so he could sexually abuse them, after one suspicious woman wore a hidden camera to catch him in the act.
A former divorce attorney, 59-year-old Michael Fine, has been using his skills in hypnotism to trick his female clients and sexually assault them.
After one suspicious woman wore a hidden camera when meeting him in order to catch him red handed, Fine was sentenced to 12 years in Jail on Monday at Lorain County, Ohio.
He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting six women after hypnotizing them.
Police started the investigation of the divorce attorney in 2014, when two women came forward saying they suspect they’ve been hypnotized.
They reported losing track of time and being unable to recall their meetings or phone calls with the married attorney.
One woman also recalled being “wet in her vaginal area” and that her “bra was disheveled” after being in his office or being on the phone with him.
One woman who thought he’d been assaulting her as well opted to record two telephone conversations with Fine, where he reportedly used explicit sexual language with her.
According to court documents, she also agreed to wear a wire to video record him in the act last November.
As soon as Fine started discussing sexual activity, the police entered the room and arrested him.
The publicity of the investigation prompted other women to come forward with their suspicions as well.
Fine then pleaded guilty to five accounts of sexually motivated kidnappings and one attempted kidnapping.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and agreed to permanently surrender his law license.
Words of his victims
One of his victims talked about her process in healing since his attack: “I have come to realize it was not my vulnerability that caused this to happen,” she said in court.
“I went to Michael Fine with help in getting out of a terrible and abusive situation. I paid him to help me. 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.”
Another victim, who now suffers from panic attacks and struggles with relationships said: “He gets a 12-year sentence. I get a life sentence. Is 12 years long enough? Is this long enough for the pain, hurt and suffering that I now have to live with?”
“This will be a part of who I am to become,” she continues. “This is now part of my being – not by choice, but by circumstance.”