A woman said she pretended to be under a hypnotic trance as a hypnotist allegedly molested her and she later reported him to police, according to authorities.
A warrant for the arrest of Thomas Goodness, 59, of Concord, N.H., was made public this week partly to encourage others who may have been abused to come forward, police said. Goodness was charged with a misdemeanor, simple assault for allegedly touching and kissing the woman while conducting a hypnosis session during which police said he assumed she was under his trance.
Goodness, who has not entered a plea, could not be reached for comment.
“She pretended and went along because she didn’t know what else to do. She didn’t know what Goodness was capable of, so she played along with it as best she could.” Lt. Timothy O’Malley of Concord Police told ABC News.
The arrest warrant states that the alleged incident occurred Aug. 27, 2013 and alleges that Goodness told the woman touch herself sexually, that he touched her breasts and genitals, and that he kissed her multiple times while he believed she was hypnotized.
The woman waited two days before going to police and on Aug. 30, 2013, detectives executed a search warrant at Goodness’ home, according to police.
“As a result of the statements made by the victim and the evidence recovered during the search warrant, probable cause was established to arrest Goodness for multiple counts of sexual assault. A warrant was issued on Jan. 13, 2014 and the suspect turned himself in to police,” police said in a statement Tuesday. Police declined to discuss the evidence.
A statement by the Concord police states that Goodman is not a professional hypnotist, but rather a self-proclaimed “hobby hypnotist.”
The woman initially went to Goodman in February for help with a particular disorder she suffers from, police said. She sought out his assistance again in August when she experienced a relapse, according to police.
Goodness is free on a $6,000 bail and is set to appear at the Sixth district court division of Concord on Feb. 10.