Den­tist jailed for hyp­no­sis sex

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

AN 82-year-old former den­tist who hyp­no­tised and sex­u­ally as­saulted young pa­tients in NSW in the 1980s has been jailed for 16 years with a non-pa­role pe­riod of eight years. Last year a court found Werner Otto Sch­warz guilty of 17 sex of­fences against four boys aged un­der 16 years – the youngest was nine. In the Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day, Judge He­len Syme sen­tenced him for the “hor­rific and sys­temic” abuse. Sch­warz had taken ad­van­tage of the trust and re­spect he had in his ru­ral com­mu­nity, she said. Vic­tims’ par­ents had urged their chil­dren to take hyp­no­sis be­liev­ing it would help. The now mid­dle-aged men live with the mem­o­ries of what Sch­warz did, de­spite his di­rec­tion un­der hyp­no­sis that they for­get the abuse.

PHOTO: JEFF PARKIN­SON

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