A Gainesville hypnotherapist has pleaded no contest to a charge of having sex with a client and was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 10 years’ probation.
Robert Andrew Nichols, 64, was arrested by Gainesville police in July 2019 after the woman reported the sexual activity began when she visited him for hypnotherapy sessions.
They ended the professional ties but continued to have sexual therapy, including ritual magic, the arrest report states.
Nichols was charged with being a psychotherapist engaging in sex with a client or former client. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced Tuesday by Eighth Circuit Judge Mark Moseley.
A plea agreement recommended a prison term of no longer than five years and payment of restitution. The agreement also stops Nichols from practicing psychotherapy, including hypnotherapy.
The woman wrote in an impact statement filed in court records that she began treatment to better herself and her…