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NH ‘Hobby Hypnotist’ Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

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Thomas Goodness. (Photo courtesy: Concord, NH Police)

Thomas Goodness. (Photo courtesy: Concord, NH Police)

CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — A man who calls himself a “hobby hypnotist” will soon face a judge after police say he assaulted one of his clients.

Concord Police say over the summer, a woman reported that 59-year-old Thomas Goodness, a member of her extended family, had assaulted her.

According to the woman, she had been hypnotized by Goodness in the past for help with a particular disorder and it had been somewhat successful.

The victim reported that she had a relapse and sought out Goodness’ assistance once again in August.

When she arrived at Goodness’ residence on Manor Road, she proceeded with him to a camper where the hypnotism would take place, she said.

During the hypnotism the victim reported that Goodness assaulted her and gave her inappropriate instructions.

The woman told police she was uncomfortable and afraid of Goodness during the hypnotism.

Toward the conclusion of the session, Goodness allegedly grabbed the victim and kissed her.

As a result, police have charged Goodness with multiple counts of sexual assault.

Goodness turned himself into police and was released on $6,000 personal recognizance bail. He will be arraigned on February 10, in Concord District Court.

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