A Maine man who allegedly used his work as a hypnotist to keep a teenage girl silent about their sexual encounters has been sentenced to six years in prison.
The Associated Press reports that Aaron Patton, 38, was sentenced Monday after he was convicted for four counts of gross sexual assault of the girl, now 17.
Patton first came into contact with the girl when she was 12 to treat her compulsion to bite her nails. After he started having sexual encounters with her when she was 14, prosecutors alleged that he would hypnotize her to make her feel more at ease about it.
He was also sentenced to four years for unlawful sexual contact and counts of sexual abuse of a minor but these charges were suspended.