Talk about creepy: a 40-year-old “self taught” hypnotist in the UK is facing a prison sentence for persuading a woman under his trance to show him her breasts. Timothy Porter, who served in the military until 2012, violated a woman who trusted him to give her hypnotherapy for anxiety and weight management. After they’d had several sessions together, Porter did a session in the woman’s home while her husband was away and insisted on a deeper hypnosis than they’d done before. As reported by the Daily Mail UK, Porter sat down next to her on the couch and, according to prosecutor Jonathan Walker, kept repeating “No mind, no will of your own” as he started the trance. He told the victim that he was her master, and she was his sexual slave. Porter talked the her into showing and touching her breasts while he performed a sex act on himself. She eventually broke out of the trance and called a friend, scared, who called the police.
Somehow, Porter claims he believed she was consenting to his behavior until things “escalated” and that he misread what was happening. The victim, who is a married mother, was left feeling completely distraught and her trust violated.
Porter was sentenced to 18 months in prison and will be on the sex offender registry for 10 years. He is banned from acting as a hypnotist until 2023.
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