‘Predatory’ university psychologist hypnotised female student and tried to seduce her by saying they had been lovers in a previous life 600 years ago
- Dr Waseem Alladin stroked girl’s face with rose and said they were former lovers
- While hypnotised he took photographs of her and praised her ‘serpent power’
- Alladin was lecturing at a top-ranked university, which cannot be named legally
- Tribunal concluded his offences amounted to misconduct and he was struck off
A ‘predatory’ university psychologist has been struck off after hypnotising a female student and trying to seduce her while she was in a trance.
Dr Waseem Alladin stroked the girl’s face with a rose, told her they had been lovers in another life and praised her ‘serpent power’ for making her ‘irresistible to men’.
The respected academic took pictures of her while she was hypnotised and then complained she ‘wasn’t submitting totally to him’, warning her that if she didn’t give in to his advances he had five other students ‘waiting’.
He also tried to put two other female students into a trance, persuading one to send him a ‘full body’ photograph of herself so he could ‘heal’ her’, a disciplinary hearing was told.
Dr Waseem Alladin, a practioner psychologist, (pictured) stroked the girl’s face with a rose, told her they had been lovers in another life and praised her ‘serpent power’ for making her ‘irresistible to men’
Alladin, a practitioner psychologist, was lecturing at a top-ranked university, which cannot be named for legal reasons, at the time of the offences.
A panel at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service was told that a mature pupil – identified only as ‘Student 1’ – chose to join Alladin’s class as she found him ‘quirky and different’.
She, along with other female students, started to meet with the lecturer for informal meetings and the group began calling themselves ‘The Apprentice Club’.
Over the the next year Alladin manipulated the ‘vulnerable’ student and tried to stop her taking prescribed anti-depressive medication and undergo hypnosis instead.
He began meeting with her alone and his behaviour became ‘increasingly’ worrying.
He tried to kiss her toes, put his finger in her mouth and stuck his tongue in her ear. He also told her ‘if he was younger and more attractive, she would have slept with him.’
The tribunal heard he tried to convince her that they had been ‘lovers in a past life’ and he had been waiting ‘600 years’ to be back with her.
He put a photograph of her up in his office and told her she was his ‘soulmate’, his ‘professional wife’ and an ‘earth mother’.
A panel at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (pictured) was told that a mature pupil – identified only as ‘Student 1’ – chose to join Alladin’s class as she found him ‘quirky and different’
When she rejected his advances he said she needed to ‘step up and give him what he needed’ as he had five other students ‘waiting’.
The lecturer eventually convinced her to undergo hypnosis, but then took photographs of her and ‘stroked her face with a rose’.
His behaviour continued to escalate and he said she was ‘irresistible to men’ because of her ‘serpent power’.
Alladin also hypnotised another girl, Student 3, and recorded the session on his phone telling her that her ‘inner beauty came out’.
He said she ‘glowed and smiled’ and asked what she would do if he tried to kidnap her.
He claimed at the tribunal that he never hypnotised either girl and was in fact teaching them ‘self-hypnosis’. However, neither girl had any idea they were supposedly being taught the technique.
Student 3 also had her head massaged while hypnotised after the lecturer had put her under by ‘staring into her eyes’.
Another member of the club, Student 2, said she had a ‘weird experience’ while sat in a ‘snug’ with the lecturer and thought he was trying to hypnotise her.
She later sent him a ‘full body photograph’ of herself after he told her he needed it for ‘healing’.
Eventually, the students began to open up to each other about the lecturer’s bizarre behaviour so Alladin tried to ‘drive a wedge’ between them.
He told Student 1 that his spirit ‘guide’ had told him he couldn’t trust Student 2, who he said had a ‘darkness’ within her.
Meanwhile, he was telling Student 2 that ‘his higher being’ had told him to be mistrustful of Student 1 as he had yet to ‘work her out’.
The offences only came to light after one of the girls picked up the courage to make a complaint to the student advice service at the University.
Throughout the hearing Alladin maintained he had no sexual interest in any of the girls.
He said: ‘It has been claim[ed] that I was sucking her toes; I was putting my thumb in her ears.
‘That is revolting and disgusting. It’s not my behaviour. No creature on this earth, in this life, because she talks of all kinds of life, or paranormal, can accuse me of having done that.’
The tribunal concluded: ‘There was no element of coercion, but the behaviour had predatory elements in certain other respects, in that it sought to exploit the health problems [Alladin] perceived Student 1 and Student 3 to be experiencing.
‘Furthermore, it was undertaken with sexual gratification in mind.
‘There was an unequal balance of power between Alladin on the one hand and the students on the other…
‘Indeed, [Alladin] sought to exacerbate the vulnerability of Student 1 by persuading her to cease taking anti-depressant medication in favour of the hypnosis he proposed to offer.
‘Furthermore, he sought to increase the vulnerability of Student 1 and Student 2 by seeking to drive a wedge between them.’
The tribunal concluded his offences were sexually motivated and amounted to misconduct. He was struck off with immediate effect.
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