• Bothell hypnotherapist charged with raping patient

    By: John Knicely


    BOTHELL, Wash. - A Bothell hypnotherapist is charged with raping an 18-year-old male patient. 

    Court documents claim Ayhan Yavuz forced the young man to perform sexual acts during multiple visits at the end of last year.

     The victim said he started seeing Yavuz at the Balancing Health Clinic in Bothell for anxiety and depression.  He said Yavuz conducted what he called energy therapy andwas asked to perform things out of the ordinary and sexual in nature.

    The victim said in one session,  he was asked to take off his pants and underwear.  In another session, Yavuz forced his thumb into the victim’s mouth,  unbuckled his own pants and forced the victim to touch his genitals, the victim said.

     A Bothell police detective said in a January interview Yavuz admitted sexual contact with the victim during visits.  Police did follow up interviews with the victim in which the young man claimed even more specific sexual abuse.  The victim told detectives Yavuz orally sodomized him and that he was forced to perform oral sex on Yavuz.

     On August 5, the King County Prosecutor charged Yavuz with second-degree rape.  An arrest warrant has been issued with a $50,000 bond.

    Yavuz is not currently in custody and Bothell police say he is expected to show up to enter a plea as scheduled on August 19 at the King County Courthouse. 

    He is not considered a flight risk. 

    No other patients have come forward with claims of sexual assaults. 

    The Washington Department of Health has suspended Yavuz’s license as a hypnotherapist and counselor.

    On Monday KIRO 7 went to Yavuz’s Bothell home to see what he had to say.  A woman answered the door and said he wasn’t home.  She said she’s his wife and can’t comment on the charges.  She said she’s been made aware of the rape charges against her husband.

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