A disturbing video released Tuesday shows an attorney in Sheffield, Ohio, who was convicted on multiple charges last year attempting to hypnotize a female client for his own sexual pleasure.
Police set up a sting in November 2014 after a woman claimed Michael Fine, a former divorce attorney, used hypnosis in an attempt to take advantage of her sexually, according to KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland.
The victim returned to Fine’s office with a hidden camera to help police with their investigation.
“Let’s take a deep breath … one more time. Ok, I gotta calm down, let’s do this together,” Fine can be heard telling the victim in the video.
Prosecutors say the victim went to police when she realized 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, the victim told police.
“Every time I say the word pleasure, you cannot constrain or hold yourself back, your entire body is a vessel of pleasure. 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 says in the video.
“When is the last time you made love? Every time I touch you, it’s gonna be an incredible sensation. At the count of three, you won’t be able to control yourself.”
After a few minutes, Fine wakes the woman out of her “trance” and begins discussing papers they need to “go over.” A few seconds later, police enter the room and arrest Fine.
“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.
After his arrest in 2014, Fine was charged with 27 counts including kidnapping, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity, WJW reported.
In September, Fine pleaded guilty to hypnotizing five other women, as well as six counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping, according to the television station.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.