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NSW dentist who hypnotised, sexually assaulted patients jailed for at least eight years

12 January 2018 2:59 AM
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An elderly former NSW dentist who hypnotised and sexually assaulted young patients in the 1980s has been jailed for at least eight years.

A Sydney jury last year found Werner Otto Schwarz guilty of 17 sex offences against four boys aged under 16 years. His youngest victim was just nine.

In the District Court on Friday, Judge Helen Syme sentenced the 82-year-old to a maximum of 16 years in prison with a non-parole period of eight years for the "horrific and systemic" abuse.

Schwarz, a dentist who also became known as a skilled hypnotist in the rural town where he worked, had taken advantage of the trust and respect he had in the community, she said.

The parents of his victims urged them to take the hypnosis in the belief it would be beneficial, with one child going to help ease his fear of medical care and another to improve his school marks, the judge said.

The victims, now middle-aged men, live with the memories of what Schwarz did, despite his direction under hypnosis that they should forget the abuse.

"Those memories remained with them for nearly 35 years even though they rarely spoke of them," Judge Syme said.

Schwarz, who requested to appear via video link rather than in court, will be 90 years old when he is eligible for parole in October 2025.


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