Lawyer Gets 12 Years Behind Bars for Making Recently Divorced Clients His Sex Slaves...Through Hypnosis
A former Ohio lawyer preyed on women who sought his help in divorcing their husbands, leaving them even more vulnerable than before.
According to Fox 8 News, the investigation into Michael Fine began in 2014, when a woman told the Lorain County Bar Association the 59-year-old had allegedly “hypnotized her” during their meetings in order to perform sexual acts.
Thanks to a hidden camera and microphone, she was able to confirm he was indeed hypnotizing her — and apparently, she wasn't the only victim.
Two years later, Fine has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison for hypnotizing a total of six female clients and then sexually abusing them while they were unaware.
As the Associated Press reports, Fine pled guilty in September to kidnapping and attempted kidnapping charges, resulting in his sentence along with a requirement to register as a sex offender.
But for Fine's victims, 12 years wasn't nearly enough punishment for what he had done to them.
One victim, whose identity was withheld by The Chronicle, shared a powerful statement in court as Fine's sentence was handed down.
It reads, in part: [emphasis added]
“I have come to realize it was not my vulnerability that caused this to happen. 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.
It confirmed my worst fears. That my attorney, the man who had come to my rescue through a very painful divorce, the man who had made himself invaluable to me through this extremely difficult and vulnerable time in my life, the man who helped me with every challenging issue I encountered in my life and the man who built up my confidence when I was feeling anything but confident by calling me special, unique and beautiful, was sexually misusing many of his other clients as well.”
Statements from two other victims were also read in court, with one woman explaining how the entire ordeal has affected her personal life:
“He gets a 12-year sentence. I get a life sentence. Is 12 years long enough? Is this enough time for the pain, hurt and suffering that I now have to live with? This will be a part of who I am to become. This is now part of my being – not by choice, but by circumstance. Twelve years compared to a lifetime – just doesn’t seem fair, does it?”
Fine agreed to permanently give up his law license last year when the allegations were first made public.