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All four felony charges against Mary Hein have now been dismissed.
Therapist Mary Hein was recently charged with soliciting a male patient to murder her husband, and then allegedly drugging, hypnotizing, and brainwashing the male patient so that she could have sexual relations with him during the patient-therapist relationship.
In a pretrial motion, the defense provided notice that we would cross-examine Ms. Hein’s accuser-patient at trial regarding his own pending criminal case, his nine prior convictions, his planned civil lawsuit for money against Ms. Hein, his prior instances of untruthful conduct, and the details of his prior conviction for forcing his minor son to have sexual intercourse with his (the accuser’s) wife so that the accuser could gain a financial advantage in his anticipated divorce.
After this motion hearing, the state offered to dismiss both the solicitation to commit first degree murder and the sexual exploitation by therapist charges. (Two other felonies had already been dismissed after earlier, pretrial motions.)
In exchange for the dismissal, the prosecutor required a “no contest” plea to a misdemeanor obstructing charge for an unrelated domestic violence incident with Ms. Hein’s ex-husband. In that charge, Ms. Hein was accused of blaming her then-husband for her bruised and swollen eye; the state contended that Ms. Hein had actually walked into the door. Her “no contest” plea to the obstructing charge is not an admission of guilt; she continues to maintain her innocence. The judge sentenced her to “time already served” and the entire case is now closed.
Ms. Hein had always maintained her innocence to all charges and is very satisfied with, and feels exonerated by, the dismissal of all felonies. With regard to the misdemeanor obstructing charge, Ms. Hein hopes that the district attorney’s accusation against her (after initially filing a battery complaint against her ex-husband for her injury) does not deter other victims of domestic violence from reporting their abusers to the authorities.
Defense Atty. Michael D. Cicchini
Defense Atty. Sally Yule Mengo