Gainesville ‘therapist’ charged with rape, facing additional charges

LAWRENCEVILLE – A Gainesville man who police say posed as a hypnotist and psychotherapist is facing new charges in Cobb County.

Cobb Police have charged 52-year-old Carmine Edmund Baffa with 22 additional charges of sexual offenses. They say the incidents occurred at self-help sessions he held at a Cobb hotel.

Baffa was previously charged with raping two girls who attended his therapy sessions in Gwinnett County.

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Gwinnett police had originally said Baffa hosted seminars in Atlanta and elsewhere which focused on life improvement. His seminars were initially named “Mindsight,” but later changed to “Precious Video Productions.”

It was known that Baffa held these seminars at area hotels around Gwinnett and Cobb counties. He subsequently offered individual coaching sessions with adults and children.

Investigators said it was during these sessions at Baffa’s Lawrenceville home where a 13-year-old girl and a 19-year-old girl say they were raped.

Baffa was previously charged with rape, sexual assault, child molestation, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.

Investigators say they believe more victims may be involved. They are requesting that anyone who has had inappropriate contact with Baffa in Gwinnett County to please call the lead investigator, Diane King, at 770-513-5356.

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Bryan Williams, AccessNortGa.com, Apr. 28, 2008, http://www.accessnorthga.com

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