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Therapist accused of raping client

An Albuquerque therapist is accused of raping a client while she was hypnotized and leading her to believe it was part of her treatment, according to court documents.

Lamarr Edgerson, 54, was indicted Nov. 8 on five counts of criminal sexual penetration and two counts of criminal sexual contact.

Edgerson had been treating the woman for four years and that treatment included hypnotherapy, a search warrant affidavit alleges. But during a session in February 2017, she came out of a hypnotic state when she felt a sharp pain and found Edgerson sexually assaulting her.

“Lamarr apologized for this incident and told (the woman) it was part of therapy,” an Albuquerque Police Department detective wrote in the July 2017 affidavit.

It’s unclear where Edgerson was employed at the time of the attack, but he is referred to as a doctor in the affidavit.

Weeks later, the woman was drinking at an Applebee’s Grill and Bar and “feeling very emotionally vulnerable” because her husband underwent a risky surgery the day before, according to the affidavit.

Edgerson called while she was at the restaurant and told her she did not sound OK to drive. He then drove to the restaurant to give her a ride home, but instead took her to his house.

There, the affidavit alleges, he gave her more wine and told her to calm down before raping her. He later drove her back to her car at the Applebee’s.

His indictment shows he is facing charges tied to incidents in February and March 2017.

It’s not clear whether Edgerson has hired an attorney. He is set for arraignment in 2nd Judicial District Court on Nov. 21.

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