by HypnoFreedom on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 | Comments Off
ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients faces 17 new kidnapping charges in an indictment handed down by a Lorain County grand jury this week.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will confirmed the new round of charges matches the victims and time frames covered in kidnapping charges from Michael W. Fine’s original 29-count indictment in August, but with the addition of a sexually violent predator specification that could increase the amount of prison time Fine could serve if convicted in the case.
Will said he couldn’t comment further on the case because of a gag order issued by the judge presiding over the case.
The original charges against Fine, which remain part of the case, accused him of rape, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted kidnapping, attempted sexual battery, attempted gross sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material in addition to the kidnapping charges.
Fine became the target of criminal and ethics investigations last fall after one of his legal clients noticed that she couldn’t recall the entirety of their conversations and began recording her interactions with her attorney.
The woman secured two recordings of Fine reportedly putting her into a trance and giving her sexual commands. She took those recordings to Sheffield police and Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office.
Investigators set up a sting operation and the woman wore a wire and camera when she visited Fine’s office on Nov. 7, when he allegedly put her under his control again before law enforcement entered his offices.
The subsequent investigation led to numerous other people coming forward to accuse Fine of controlling them through hypnosis, and the indictment lists six victims Fine allegedly held against their will and engaged in some kind of sexual activity with them between 2013 and 2014.
Fine relinquished his law license after the Lorain County Bar Association sought and received an emergency suspension of his right to practice law from the Ohio Supreme Court. He also is being sued by several of his alleged victims.
Defense attorney Robert Housel previously has said his client has received treatment for his behavior and intends to defend himself against the charges.
Article source: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/12/18/attorney-accused-of-hypnosis-faces-more-charges/