Cops: ‘Hobby Hypnotist’ Sexually Assaulted Woman

Thomas Goodness of Concord was arrested on Jan. 14.

Thomas Goodness was arrested on Jan. 14, 2013. Credit: Concord Police Department
Thomas Goodness was arrested on Jan. 14, 2013. Credit: Concord Police Department

A local man has been charged with sexual assault after an extended family member reached out to him for help with a disorder.

Thomas Goodness, 59, of Concord, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, and charged with three counts of sexual assault.

According to Lt. Timothy O’Malley, the commander of the criminal investigations unit within the Concord Police Department, the woman came to police in late August about the charges, alleging that Goodness was an extended family member and a hobby hypnotist that she had asked to help with “a particular disorder in the past and it had been somewhat successful,” according to a press statement.

On Aug. 27, the woman had a relapse and sought assistance again and went to Goodness’ home on Manor Road. The two went into a camper for the hypnotism.

“During the hypnotism the victim reported that Goodness rubbed multiple parts of her body above the clothing, to include her breasts and genitalia,” O’Malley alleged in the statement.

O’Malley stated that the victim was of the belief that Goodness thought she was under a hypnotic spell and she was afraid and uncomfortable with his actions but did not resist for fear of how Goodness would react. Goodness allegedly instructed the woman to touch herself “in a sexual manner to which she complied, again out of fear,” according to the report.

Goodness allegedly kissed grabbed her buttocks and kissed her, according to the victim.

“Throughout this event the victim was uncomfortable and wanted to cry,” according to police.

Detectives issued a search warrant and reportedly seized evidence in the case from his home, according to the report. As they were building the case, using statements from the victim, evidence wsa recovered to create probable cause to arrest Goodness, according to O'Malley.

Police issued the warrant yesterday and Goodness turned himself in to the police.

Goodness was released on $6000.00 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned on Feb. 10, at the 6th District Division (Concord District Court), Concord. 

O'Malley said that detectives currently don't have any information that there are other victims. But Goodness has reportedly been practicing hypnotism for some time and there may be other assault victims. Anyone with information about any other assaults should call Concord Police at 63-225-8600. 

jpf2361 January 14, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Whatever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY????
jpf2361 January 14, 2014 at 08:27 PM
It sounds to me like this Woman has some other issues that were conveniently left out of this article. Why was she seeing someone that only does this as a Hobby?? Why not see a certified Hypnotherapist????
Steven Parker January 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Before we go making judgments on the man, maybe we should let him have his day in court. We don't even know if it is true. Don't persecute a potentially innocent man. Who made you judge and jury? He could lose his job, family, etc. and it may not even be true. She was seeing him because he was family and was trying to help her with life and death medical issues out of concern for her well-being. I am not saying blame the victim, but back off until we get all the information.
Joseph R January 15, 2014 at 05:41 AM
OK...fair enough, let's wait.
robo hiker January 15, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Articles like this only feed the internet lynchmen to spew their venom (probably because they're bored and unhappy in their own lives) and has the rest of us sifting though the resulting fallout for more reasonable comments. While it's important to alert the community of the less desirables, I think Steven P. has a valid point. Perhaps these mugshot articles should be reserved for those who are actually found guilty.
Craig Mitchell January 15, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Well it doesn't sound like she said no.
Allen Burnett January 15, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Somebody you know and trust starts assaulting you and you just sit there? Just how wacko have people become? If somebody starts touching you sexually and you don't tell them to stop, that's called concensual.
Sonia Thompson January 15, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Snag man January 15, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Sonia...... What?
jpf2361 January 15, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Sonia, Your CAPS LOCK button seems to stuck in the "on position" If you are the Victim then why didn't you go to a Medical Professional when seeking help with your Issues?? Why would you see someone for "treatment" that does this as a Hobby?? It just doesn't make sense to me. If I knew someone that does seamstress work as a HOBBY and I needed stitches in my face I wouldn't go see her. I WOULD GO TO A DOCTOR !!!
Gary Belzman January 15, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Whata Putz. Go find a prostitute you deuce bag!
Steven Parker January 15, 2014 at 09:40 PM
I don't know who you are "Sonia" but this has nothing to do with you, and it is disgusting you would try to claim so. I know both the alleged victim and the "perpetrator" and you are not her. You may have had a similar experience with someone else, but you have no involvement in this and I find it disgusting you would try to claim such.
Ben Novick January 16, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Thank Goodness they caught him.
Snag man January 16, 2014 at 03:04 PM
"They caught him"??? He turned himself in meat-stick, read the whole story next time.
Big Bri's Mama January 16, 2014 at 06:04 PM
good ones baby.
Steven Parker January 16, 2014 at 10:41 PM
As I said, I know both the individuals in the article. I wanted to point out that Thomas Goodness is a certified hypnotist. He does not do it for a profession, which I guess is why it was termed "hobby". Actually, some of you may be happy to know he has lost his full-time job as a result of this scandal, and good luck to him finding one. It has devastated his family, and him on an extreme emotional level. And he hasn't even has a court hearing yet.
CeeDee January 17, 2014 at 09:00 AM
I have some problem with her story. Has her background been checked out?
bill January 17, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Tom worked for me for close to 10 years. I am going to stay with my belief that he is 100% innocent, until I am convinced otherwise. The people that have worked for me, and with Tom all feel the same way. One of the nicest and most helpful individuals I have met. This is not the Tom we know, and hopefully he will be proven innocent of these charges.
Charlie Johnson January 17, 2014 at 06:32 PM
WHen I was a cop we used hynosis a lot and the first things they teach you is, that under hynosis, you (as a hynosis subject) will not do anything that you wouldnt normally do....IE you cant hypnotize someone to have sex with you......doesn't work that way.....Reminds me of the woman who claimed she got pregnant watching a 3D movie.....
Charlie Johnson January 17, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I want some of what Sonia has been smoking ,.....
Charlie Johnson January 17, 2014 at 06:41 PM
WOnder exactly what the "disroder " was???? Just curious
jpf2361 January 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Hey Charlie, I am glad you are no longer a Supposed COP. It really scares me that the Police use Hyonosis at all.
Allen Burnett January 18, 2014 at 05:40 AM
So when he started touching her she kept pretending to be hypnotized because? What, she didn't want him to know he was a bad hypnotist?
Jim beam January 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Its amazing that most of the commenters here are attacking the woman for filing a complaint. Sexual predators are successful in intimidating their victims into silence because of the usual reaction of the public, which is to blame the victim. Most victims of sexual assault remain silent because they are very often blamed for what transpired. We, the public, bear great responsibility for this because we are so quick to question the victim's intentions, behavior, history, emotional health, etc. That's a good reason why these crimes continue to occur with such frequency.
Allen Schroeder January 18, 2014 at 01:10 PM
I highly doubt he would have continued with sexual foreplay if he wasn't completely convinced she was a willing participant.
Charlie Johnson January 18, 2014 at 02:33 PM
JPF2361 You need to check your zipper your ignorance is showing...You clearly know nothing about hynosis at all...Its merely a relaxation technique and a widely accepted forensic technique to gain investigative leads when the vict5im is suffering from PTSDD or is just too traumatized to help. Its only as effective as the investigator just like a polygraph and the results are never admitted into court
jpf2361 January 18, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Charlie Johnson, Comments like this make you sound like an ignoramus Charlie JohnsonJanuary 17, 2014 at 06:39 PM " I want some of what Sonia has been smoking ,..... " Why should anyone take you seriously after your saying that???
Big Bri's Mama January 18, 2014 at 04:55 PM
my baby boy likes smoking pole
Big Bri's Mama January 20, 2014 at 05:12 PM
if anyone knows about acting like a tough guy in the internet it my boy
Big Bri's Mama January 20, 2014 at 06:27 PM
"leave people alone Mr. Online Muscle. " Baby, you told me that the first letter in a sentence is suppose to be BIG? And aint there should be one of them low slashy mark things between alone and the Mr?


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