In this case, a 35-year-old woman alleged that she was sexually abused by her hypnotherapist and that he also molested her three children. The defense denied that there was any professional relationship between the defendant and the mother — thus, sex between them was consensual — and denied any molestation of the children.
Further, the defense took over 50 depositions of teachers and friends of the children to try to establish there was no evidence of molestation and that the mother made it up to get back at defendant.
John D. Winer, through investigation, was able to find significant evidence which tended to establish that there was a professional relationship between the defendant and plaintiff (he acted as her hypnotherapist) and a psychiatrist testified that the children’s symptoms were consistent with molestation by defendant.
The defense hired a psychologist to contradict this testing but she was impeached by cross-examination.
RESULT: Settlement on behalf of plaintiffs for $750,000