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February 21, 2012

Hypnotist found guilty of sexual assault

ADAIR — KALKASKA, Mich. — A physician's assistant has been found guilty by a jury of sexually assaulting two women while they were under hypnosis to quit smoking.

Michigan State Police in September arrested Thomas K. Stetler, who ran a health and wellness center and also practiced part time at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.

The women told police Stetler sexually assaulted them after he hypnotized them as part of their quit smoking therapy.

“It’s clearly taking a ... toll on them, still to this day,” said Kalkaska County Prosecutor Kirk Metzger.

Stetler is licensed by the state as a physician assistant. No other formal complaints have been filed against him, according to Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs records.

Stetler faces a minimum of two or three years in prison, Metzger said.

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