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Carmine Baffa Will Change Your Life

April 17, 2008 at 7:40 am by  

Carmine Baffa, Dreamin' Demon

Gainesville, GA – Carmine Baffa’s website is called Mindsight:  The Home of Human Performance Engineering. To me, it just looks like a wall of giant suck – a situation Baffa won’t be able to remedy anytime soon, since he is currently being held in the Gwinnett County Jail, accused of raping two teenage girls.  The rapes occurred at Baffa’s Lawrenceville home during Baffa’s “individual coaching sessions” in 2006 and 2007.

Baffa, 52, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl between Aug. 1, 2006, and July 31, 2007.  The 19-year-old victim told police she had private “training sessions” with Baffa during the fall of 2006 and that he raped her on New Year’s Day 2007.   Baffa posed as a hypnotist, although his clients were never in actual trance.  Even so, he was able to convince multiple adult clients that “having sex with him would help their treatment”.    The younger victims never stood a chance, and weren’t asked for consent in any event.  After an investigation, Baffa was arrested on April 9.

Carmine Baffa is not a psychotherapist, although a lot of people seem to think he is.  I found several online reviews of his work and was interested to find that Baffa was described as a person of high moral character.  Another review recounts Baffa’s reports of treating a man accused of molesting his daughters.  This guy even took a vacation to see Baffa’s seminars, calling them “mind-blowing”. Interesting.

Finding negative information on Carmine Baffa is not as easy.  The guy is apparently very charismatic, but c’mon.  He’s not a Jedi.  He can’t do the mind trick.  This is a dude with a good line and bad teeth who makes money and gets laid by using people who he no doubt perceives as weak.   He targets the vulnerable and they praise him for it.  And he likes to rape minors while selling his seminars and “Precious Video Productions” across Atlanta and Chicago.   Nice guy, huh?  Reminds me of Dr. Jim Cunningham from Donnie Darko, the life coach who had kiddie porn in his house.

Carmine Baffa is being held without bond on charges of rape, sexual assault, child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. Investigators have asked anyone who has had inappropriate contact with Mr. Baffa in Gwinnett County to please call lead investigator Diane King at 770-513-5356.

Thanks, Unamused Cat!

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  • Kathy

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    *shiver*

    Fuck that. You would never catch me alone with this guy letting him “hypnotize” me. I would rather get a dozen pelvic exams every week for the rest of my life.

  • Kathy

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    *shiver*

    Fuck that. You would never catch me alone with this guy letting him “hypnotize” me. I would rather get a dozen pelvic exams every week for the rest of my life.

  • Kathy

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    *shiver*

    Fuck that. You would never catch me alone with this guy letting him “hypnotize” me. I would rather get a dozen pelvic exams every week for the rest of my life.

  • Kathy

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    *shiver*

    Fuck that. You would never catch me alone with this guy letting him “hypnotize” me. I would rather get a dozen pelvic exams every week for the rest of my life.

  • He has these weird blissed-out pedo eyes. And he DOES have the pedo-eye stair-step.

    I wonder what would happen if we hooked him up with Amy Moolic?

  • He has these weird blissed-out pedo eyes. And he DOES have the pedo-eye stair-step.

    I wonder what would happen if we hooked him up with Amy Moolic?

  • He has these weird blissed-out pedo eyes. And he DOES have the pedo-eye stair-step.

    I wonder what would happen if we hooked him up with Amy Moolic?

  • winsomelosesome

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    His teeth creep me out. He is so STRANGE looking. There is almost something feminine about him. Like a really ugly woman.

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    I actually thought it was a fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    I actually thought it was a fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    I actually thought it was a fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • winsomelosesome

    I actually thought it was a fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

  • pms.247

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    I thought so too! I’m actually stunned it’s a guy. I think he’s half horse, though – those teeth are just MADE for eatin’ hay!

  • pms.247

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    I thought so too! I’m actually stunned it’s a guy. I think he’s half horse, though – those teeth are just MADE for eatin’ hay!

  • pms.247

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    I thought so too! I’m actually stunned it’s a guy. I think he’s half horse, though – those teeth are just MADE for eatin’ hay!

  • pms.247

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    I thought so too! I’m actually stunned it’s a guy. I think he’s half horse, though – those teeth are just MADE for eatin’ hay!

  • Hippiepoet

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

  • Hippiepoet

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

  • Hippiepoet

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

  • Hippiepoet

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

  • Angel

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    Me, too! And the way he has that top lip lifted, and his nose kinda crinkled up like that, he almost looks like he’s trying to snarl. I’m not sure exactly what kind of animal he looks the most like, but the word ‘hyena’ immediately popped to mind. He has that nasty, sneaky, furtive look about him. *shudders*

  • Angel

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    Me, too! And the way he has that top lip lifted, and his nose kinda crinkled up like that, he almost looks like he’s trying to snarl. I’m not sure exactly what kind of animal he looks the most like, but the word ‘hyena’ immediately popped to mind. He has that nasty, sneaky, furtive look about him. *shudders*

  • Angel

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    Me, too! And the way he has that top lip lifted, and his nose kinda crinkled up like that, he almost looks like he’s trying to snarl. I’m not sure exactly what kind of animal he looks the most like, but the word ‘hyena’ immediately popped to mind. He has that nasty, sneaky, furtive look about him. *shudders*

  • Angel

    I actually thought it was fugly woman at first myself. Yuck.

    Me, too! And the way he has that top lip lifted, and his nose kinda crinkled up like that, he almost looks like he’s trying to snarl. I’m not sure exactly what kind of animal he looks the most like, but the word ‘hyena’ immediately popped to mind. He has that nasty, sneaky, furtive look about him. *shudders*

  • mom of 4

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

  • mom of 4

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

  • mom of 4

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

  • mom of 4

    Are you sure that’s not a woman with horse teeth? That so does not look like a fucking man. Ewwwwww.

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

  • crunchieapple

    I seriously thought this was a masculine woman in her late 30’s, I can’t believe this is a dude in his early 50’s….kinda like “It’s Pat” from SNL.

  • crunchieapple

    I seriously thought this was a masculine woman in her late 30’s, I can’t believe this is a dude in his early 50’s….kinda like “It’s Pat” from SNL.

  • crunchieapple

    I seriously thought this was a masculine woman in her late 30’s, I can’t believe this is a dude in his early 50’s….kinda like “It’s Pat” from SNL.

  • crunchieapple

    I seriously thought this was a masculine woman in her late 30’s, I can’t believe this is a dude in his early 50’s….kinda like “It’s Pat” from SNL.

  • Angel

    It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    ROFLMAO! (and coffee everywhere!)

  • Angel

    It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    ROFLMAO! (and coffee everywhere!)

  • Angel

    It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    ROFLMAO! (and coffee everywhere!)

  • Angel

    It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    ROFLMAO! (and coffee everywhere!)

  • carol13

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

  • carol13

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

  • carol13

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

  • carol13

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

  • blahblahblah

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

  • blahblahblah

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

  • blahblahblah

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

  • blahblahblah

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

  • Athena

    Heh. I showed up today and this dude’s mug is the first thing I saw. I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Frankly, I was surprised that the story behind him wasn’t as crazy as the look on his face.

  • Athena

    Heh. I showed up today and this dude’s mug is the first thing I saw. I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Frankly, I was surprised that the story behind him wasn’t as crazy as the look on his face.

  • Athena

    Heh. I showed up today and this dude’s mug is the first thing I saw. I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Frankly, I was surprised that the story behind him wasn’t as crazy as the look on his face.

  • Athena

    Heh. I showed up today and this dude’s mug is the first thing I saw. I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Frankly, I was surprised that the story behind him wasn’t as crazy as the look on his face.

  • Kathy

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

  • Kathy

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

  • Kathy

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

  • Kathy

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

  • Angel

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

    He probably stole them from one of his ‘students’ while they were hypnotized. Probably from the one who was given the free sandwich. He thought they gave him the sandwich because of his ‘vibes’, but it was really because they felt sorry for him because he appeared to be in need of dentures, yet couldn’t afford any. It was probably a PBJ sandwich – something that didn’t require much ‘chewing’.

  • Angel

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

    He probably stole them from one of his ‘students’ while they were hypnotized. Probably from the one who was given the free sandwich. He thought they gave him the sandwich because of his ‘vibes’, but it was really because they felt sorry for him because he appeared to be in need of dentures, yet couldn’t afford any. It was probably a PBJ sandwich – something that didn’t require much ‘chewing’.

  • Angel

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

    He probably stole them from one of his ‘students’ while they were hypnotized. Probably from the one who was given the free sandwich. He thought they gave him the sandwich because of his ‘vibes’, but it was really because they felt sorry for him because he appeared to be in need of dentures, yet couldn’t afford any. It was probably a PBJ sandwich – something that didn’t require much ‘chewing’.

  • Angel

    I just realized what it is. He looks like he has dentures…and the ones he’s wearing don’t belong to him.

    He probably stole them from one of his ‘students’ while they were hypnotized. Probably from the one who was given the free sandwich. He thought they gave him the sandwich because of his ‘vibes’, but it was really because they felt sorry for him because he appeared to be in need of dentures, yet couldn’t afford any. It was probably a PBJ sandwich – something that didn’t require much ‘chewing’.

  • Lizard

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com/2008/04/fall-of-carmine-baffa.html

  • Lizard

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com/2008/04/fall-of-carmine-baffa.html

  • Lizard

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com/2008/04/fall-of-carmine-baffa.html

  • Lizard

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com/2008/04/fall-of-carmine-baffa.html

  • carol13

    good link lizard, it’s too bad the fake shrink’s ‘anonymous’ fan club didn’t visit us too.

  • carol13

    good link lizard, it’s too bad the fake shrink’s ‘anonymous’ fan club didn’t visit us too.

  • carol13

    good link lizard, it’s too bad the fake shrink’s ‘anonymous’ fan club didn’t visit us too.

  • carol13

    good link lizard, it’s too bad the fake shrink’s ‘anonymous’ fan club didn’t visit us too.

  • carol13

    good link lizard, it’s too bad the fake shrink’s ‘anonymous’ fan club didn’t visit us too.

  • Unamused Cat

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-ItEtvTsYk

  • Unamused Cat

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-ItEtvTsYk

  • Unamused Cat

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-ItEtvTsYk

  • Unamused Cat

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-ItEtvTsYk

  • Unamused Cat

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-ItEtvTsYk

  • WryBread

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    God, this is too true!

    I thought Carmine was a girl’s name — remember the flamenco movie?
    Anyway, had to play the name game:

    English for a girl: song
    Italian for a boy: song
    Latin for a boy: song
    Latin for a girl: crimson
    Spanish for a girl: song
    Hebrew for a boy: vine dresser

    He did give people a “song” and dance, and I bet his family’s faces are now “crimson.” So that’s pretty appropriate. But I’m going to have to speculate on how “vine dresser” might fit in. Vine dresser? I’ve heard of cross-dresser? Do you think this guy dressed up in leaves? Or was his family “barking” up the wrong family tree limb?

    “Baffa” baffles me, but a website says it’s Italian for “mustache.” I would have guess “cheap dentures.”

  • WryBread

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    God, this is too true!

    I thought Carmine was a girl’s name — remember the flamenco movie?
    Anyway, had to play the name game:

    English for a girl: song
    Italian for a boy: song
    Latin for a boy: song
    Latin for a girl: crimson
    Spanish for a girl: song
    Hebrew for a boy: vine dresser

    He did give people a “song” and dance, and I bet his family’s faces are now “crimson.” So that’s pretty appropriate. But I’m going to have to speculate on how “vine dresser” might fit in. Vine dresser? I’ve heard of cross-dresser? Do you think this guy dressed up in leaves? Or was his family “barking” up the wrong family tree limb?

    “Baffa” baffles me, but a website says it’s Italian for “mustache.” I would have guess “cheap dentures.”

  • WryBread

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    God, this is too true!

    I thought Carmine was a girl’s name — remember the flamenco movie?
    Anyway, had to play the name game:

    English for a girl: song
    Italian for a boy: song
    Latin for a boy: song
    Latin for a girl: crimson
    Spanish for a girl: song
    Hebrew for a boy: vine dresser

    He did give people a “song” and dance, and I bet his family’s faces are now “crimson.” So that’s pretty appropriate. But I’m going to have to speculate on how “vine dresser” might fit in. Vine dresser? I’ve heard of cross-dresser? Do you think this guy dressed up in leaves? Or was his family “barking” up the wrong family tree limb?

    “Baffa” baffles me, but a website says it’s Italian for “mustache.” I would have guess “cheap dentures.”

  • WryBread

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    God, this is too true!

    I thought Carmine was a girl’s name — remember the flamenco movie?
    Anyway, had to play the name game:

    English for a girl: song
    Italian for a boy: song
    Latin for a boy: song
    Latin for a girl: crimson
    Spanish for a girl: song
    Hebrew for a boy: vine dresser

    He did give people a “song” and dance, and I bet his family’s faces are now “crimson.” So that’s pretty appropriate. But I’m going to have to speculate on how “vine dresser” might fit in. Vine dresser? I’ve heard of cross-dresser? Do you think this guy dressed up in leaves? Or was his family “barking” up the wrong family tree limb?

    “Baffa” baffles me, but a website says it’s Italian for “mustache.” I would have guess “cheap dentures.”

  • WryBread

    Getthefuckouttahere that not a 52 year old man! It looks like the love child of Mr. Ed and Keanu Reeves. :]

    God, this is too true!

    I thought Carmine was a girl’s name — remember the flamenco movie?
    Anyway, had to play the name game:

    English for a girl: song
    Italian for a boy: song
    Latin for a boy: song
    Latin for a girl: crimson
    Spanish for a girl: song
    Hebrew for a boy: vine dresser

    He did give people a “song” and dance, and I bet his family’s faces are now “crimson.” So that’s pretty appropriate. But I’m going to have to speculate on how “vine dresser” might fit in. Vine dresser? I’ve heard of cross-dresser? Do you think this guy dressed up in leaves? Or was his family “barking” up the wrong family tree limb?

    “Baffa” baffles me, but a website says it’s Italian for “mustache.” I would have guess “cheap dentures.”

  • carol13

    “every human being is a genius”

    ….way to pander to the dumb-as-fuck crowd

  • carol13

    “every human being is a genius”

    ….way to pander to the dumb-as-fuck crowd

  • carol13

    “every human being is a genius”

    ….way to pander to the dumb-as-fuck crowd

  • carol13

    “every human being is a genius”

    ….way to pander to the dumb-as-fuck crowd

  • carol13

    “every human being is a genius”

    ….way to pander to the dumb-as-fuck crowd

  • Lizard

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    He’s on YouTube raping a young girl?!?

    😀

  • Lizard

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    He’s on YouTube raping a young girl?!?

    😀

  • Lizard

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    He’s on YouTube raping a young girl?!?

    😀

  • Lizard

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    He’s on YouTube raping a young girl?!?

    😀

  • Lizard

    Here he is in action on Youtube.

    He’s on YouTube raping a young girl?!?

    😀

  • WryBread

    I guess if that scary “I want to LOVE you” look in his eyes doesn’t make you run and hide, he knows he’s got a victim in his sights. Just the photo made me run away from my computer and hide for an hour.

  • WryBread

    I guess if that scary “I want to LOVE you” look in his eyes doesn’t make you run and hide, he knows he’s got a victim in his sights. Just the photo made me run away from my computer and hide for an hour.

  • WryBread

    I guess if that scary “I want to LOVE you” look in his eyes doesn’t make you run and hide, he knows he’s got a victim in his sights. Just the photo made me run away from my computer and hide for an hour.

  • WryBread

    I guess if that scary “I want to LOVE you” look in his eyes doesn’t make you run and hide, he knows he’s got a victim in his sights. Just the photo made me run away from my computer and hide for an hour.

  • WryBread

    I guess if that scary “I want to LOVE you” look in his eyes doesn’t make you run and hide, he knows he’s got a victim in his sights. Just the photo made me run away from my computer and hide for an hour.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Thanks for linking the True Crime Weblog, Lizard. The YouTube link is a video I uploaded, too. It’s Carmine doing his “self-help” seminar/wannabe Tony Robbins shtick. He’d once published a handful of promotional videos online, I ganked two and posted them. I cannot believe anyone ever took this dude seriously in the first place. Just floors me. At least he is likely where he belongs. But as someone else noted, his buddies have already visited my site to say “so what” about Carmine “allegedly” raping a 13-year-old. I had to go take a blood pressure pill, then I dealt with ’em.

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Lizard

    Hey, Truecrime, thanks for coming over. We love it when the tards start showing up and defending the perps, but alas, there are never enough of them. Guess I’ll have to head over to your site more often!

  • Angel

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com…..baffa.html

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    I got about halfway down the first page of that drivel, Lizard, before I had to go and throw up. This guy is a dangerous predator and if we are to believe his writings, he had the adults in his seminars so duped, that they offered their own children up as sacrifices to this sicko. Somebody needs to get a list of all of the attendees to all of his seminars and classes, and systematically go through them, contacting the parents and children involved in his sick seminars to see how many of them were sexually abused by this animal as well. My guess would be hundreds. I need to go puke again…..excuse me…..

  • Angel

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com…..baffa.html

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    I got about halfway down the first page of that drivel, Lizard, before I had to go and throw up. This guy is a dangerous predator and if we are to believe his writings, he had the adults in his seminars so duped, that they offered their own children up as sacrifices to this sicko. Somebody needs to get a list of all of the attendees to all of his seminars and classes, and systematically go through them, contacting the parents and children involved in his sick seminars to see how many of them were sexually abused by this animal as well. My guess would be hundreds. I need to go puke again…..excuse me…..

  • Angel

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com…..baffa.html

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    I got about halfway down the first page of that drivel, Lizard, before I had to go and throw up. This guy is a dangerous predator and if we are to believe his writings, he had the adults in his seminars so duped, that they offered their own children up as sacrifices to this sicko. Somebody needs to get a list of all of the attendees to all of his seminars and classes, and systematically go through them, contacting the parents and children involved in his sick seminars to see how many of them were sexually abused by this animal as well. My guess would be hundreds. I need to go puke again…..excuse me…..

  • Angel

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com…..baffa.html

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    I got about halfway down the first page of that drivel, Lizard, before I had to go and throw up. This guy is a dangerous predator and if we are to believe his writings, he had the adults in his seminars so duped, that they offered their own children up as sacrifices to this sicko. Somebody needs to get a list of all of the attendees to all of his seminars and classes, and systematically go through them, contacting the parents and children involved in his sick seminars to see how many of them were sexually abused by this animal as well. My guess would be hundreds. I need to go puke again…..excuse me…..

  • Angel

    http://www.truecrimeweblog.com…..baffa.html

    Some good stuff here [tip of the hat to another true crime site]

    I got about halfway down the first page of that drivel, Lizard, before I had to go and throw up. This guy is a dangerous predator and if we are to believe his writings, he had the adults in his seminars so duped, that they offered their own children up as sacrifices to this sicko. Somebody needs to get a list of all of the attendees to all of his seminars and classes, and systematically go through them, contacting the parents and children involved in his sick seminars to see how many of them were sexually abused by this animal as well. My guess would be hundreds. I need to go puke again…..excuse me…..

  • Angel

    U.C. – I really wanted to view the YouTube thing you posted, but after reading the other stuff about this guy (and getting physically ill) I thought I would ask you first if there is anything in the video clip which might cause a relapse of my digestive malfunction. Is it just a clip of him lying to his groupies, or does it include details (like the other link) of his nasty actions toward children? I don’t think I can handle any more of that today…. 🙁

  • Angel

    U.C. – I really wanted to view the YouTube thing you posted, but after reading the other stuff about this guy (and getting physically ill) I thought I would ask you first if there is anything in the video clip which might cause a relapse of my digestive malfunction. Is it just a clip of him lying to his groupies, or does it include details (like the other link) of his nasty actions toward children? I don’t think I can handle any more of that today…. 🙁

  • Angel

    U.C. – I really wanted to view the YouTube thing you posted, but after reading the other stuff about this guy (and getting physically ill) I thought I would ask you first if there is anything in the video clip which might cause a relapse of my digestive malfunction. Is it just a clip of him lying to his groupies, or does it include details (like the other link) of his nasty actions toward children? I don’t think I can handle any more of that today…. 🙁

  • Angel

    U.C. – I really wanted to view the YouTube thing you posted, but after reading the other stuff about this guy (and getting physically ill) I thought I would ask you first if there is anything in the video clip which might cause a relapse of my digestive malfunction. Is it just a clip of him lying to his groupies, or does it include details (like the other link) of his nasty actions toward children? I don’t think I can handle any more of that today…. 🙁

  • Angel

    U.C. – I really wanted to view the YouTube thing you posted, but after reading the other stuff about this guy (and getting physically ill) I thought I would ask you first if there is anything in the video clip which might cause a relapse of my digestive malfunction. Is it just a clip of him lying to his groupies, or does it include details (like the other link) of his nasty actions toward children? I don’t think I can handle any more of that today…. 🙁

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • carol13

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

  • TalkingJesus

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

    I did not, nor would I ever!

  • TalkingJesus

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

    I did not, nor would I ever!

  • TalkingJesus

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

    I did not, nor would I ever!

  • TalkingJesus

    christ you nailed that one…..lol

    I did not, nor would I ever!

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • Another buddy of Carmine’s has shown up at my blog. His brilliant defense of Carmine re: the charges Baffa raped a 13-year-old? “the 13 year old, bogus, bogus bogus…

    I really expected these folks, seeing the kind of persona this guy has ginned up. It’ll be fun. Good times.

    Oh — Carmine’s spiritually enlightened profession when he lived in Florida in the 70s and 80s? Pawn shop owner. Just check Sunbiz.org.

  • carol13

    I did not, nor would I ever!

    true, I’d bet you have a real aversion to pointy metal

  • carol13

    I did not, nor would I ever!

    true, I’d bet you have a real aversion to pointy metal

  • Angel

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

    Thanks, Carol, I’ll go and check it out now.

  • Angel

    lying to groupies angel, you’re safe

    Thanks, Carol, I’ll go and check it out now.

  • Angel

    I just watched the YouTube. That guy is so full of shit his hair is brown! And probably stinks, too.

  • Angel

    I just watched the YouTube. That guy is so full of shit his hair is brown! And probably stinks, too.

  • WryBread

    I couldn’t make it through the article on the other crime web site. Just samples of the crap this guy is shoveling was enough to make me weak. How can anyone believe this crap?

  • WryBread

    I couldn’t make it through the article on the other crime web site. Just samples of the crap this guy is shoveling was enough to make me weak. How can anyone believe this crap?

  • Totemic

    I couldn’t make it through the article on the other crime web site. Just samples of the crap this guy is shoveling was enough to make me weak. How can anyone believe this crap?

    Unfortunately the way this world is, the week willed are looking for their saving shepherd to lead them to the happy pasture of blissful idiocy. Then they are fleeced, gotta love that the terms work so well, by their saving shepherd. The sad part is, these sheep are so blinded by the manure he has shoveled over them, they won’t believe the proof in front of them

  • Totemic

    I couldn’t make it through the article on the other crime web site. Just samples of the crap this guy is shoveling was enough to make me weak. How can anyone believe this crap?

    Unfortunately the way this world is, the week willed are looking for their saving shepherd to lead them to the happy pasture of blissful idiocy. Then they are fleeced, gotta love that the terms work so well, by their saving shepherd. The sad part is, these sheep are so blinded by the manure he has shoveled over them, they won’t believe the proof in front of them

  • WryBread

    Unfortunately the way this world is, the week willed are looking for their saving shepherd to lead them to the happy pasture of blissful idiocy. Then they are fleeced, gotta love that the terms work so well, by their saving shepherd. The sad part is, these sheep are so blinded by the manure he has shoveled over them, they won’t believe the proof in front of them

    You’re right. It’s a sick cycle — you gotta believe to get the goodies — you don’t get the goodies? then you haven’t believed well enough. I thought this stuff had gone out in the 80s with the New Age, but Oprah is helping to shovel this shit on her site right now.

  • WryBread

    Unfortunately the way this world is, the week willed are looking for their saving shepherd to lead them to the happy pasture of blissful idiocy. Then they are fleeced, gotta love that the terms work so well, by their saving shepherd. The sad part is, these sheep are so blinded by the manure he has shoveled over them, they won’t believe the proof in front of them

    You’re right. It’s a sick cycle — you gotta believe to get the goodies — you don’t get the goodies? then you haven’t believed well enough. I thought this stuff had gone out in the 80s with the New Age, but Oprah is helping to shovel this shit on her site right now.

  • michelle

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

    An insult to Tranny’s everywhere.

  • michelle

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

    An insult to Tranny’s everywhere.

  • bornagainpagan

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

    Spot on! definitely had a plucking and shaping. like most posters, I thought this was a masculine woman with guillotine chompers – either way, a psycho charlatan who couldn’t believe their luck that self actualisation bullshit finally got him/her laid. Well, Carmine, be the best gosh-darn child rap’n inmate you can be -you is a GENIUUUS!

    high five, fuckwad.

  • bornagainpagan

    haha, right!? and check out those tranny eyebrows! ewwwww!!

    Spot on! definitely had a plucking and shaping. like most posters, I thought this was a masculine woman with guillotine chompers – either way, a psycho charlatan who couldn’t believe their luck that self actualisation bullshit finally got him/her laid. Well, Carmine, be the best gosh-darn child rap’n inmate you can be -you is a GENIUUUS!

    high five, fuckwad.

  • jpatti

    Since the news of his arrest, it has come to my attention that there are a LOT of folks needing to “recover” from Carmine. I have started a Google Group for people to discuss their experiences with Carmine: http://groups.google.com/group/carmine-recovery

    This is a closed group, only those who’ve been involved with Carmine directly are eligible to join. It’s not for cops or investigators, not for folks just following the soap opera, but for people who knew him who need to talk about it.

    I know a lot of the victims myself. If I don’t know you, you’ll have to email me and explain who you are, how you knew Carmine, and why you want to join. Anyone who wants to join should send email to jpatti@ccil.org

    Please spread the word that this group exists to any victims of Carmine that you know.

  • jpatti

    Since the news of his arrest, it has come to my attention that there are a LOT of folks needing to “recover” from Carmine. I have started a Google Group for people to discuss their experiences with Carmine: http://groups.google.com/group/carmine-recovery

    This is a closed group, only those who’ve been involved with Carmine directly are eligible to join. It’s not for cops or investigators, not for folks just following the soap opera, but for people who knew him who need to talk about it.

    I know a lot of the victims myself. If I don’t know you, you’ll have to email me and explain who you are, how you knew Carmine, and why you want to join. Anyone who wants to join should send email to jpatti@ccil.org

    Please spread the word that this group exists to any victims of Carmine that you know.

  • thepooh5

    Please spread the word that this group exists to any victims of Carmine that you know.

    Thank you, JPATTI for offering a place for the victims to go to vent their anger and mainly, to know they aren’t alone.

  • thepooh5

    Please spread the word that this group exists to any victims of Carmine that you know.

    Thank you, JPATTI for offering a place for the victims to go to vent their anger and mainly, to know they aren’t alone.

  • SoUncool

    ‘Therapist’ charged with rape is charming dropout, associates say

    Some patients say he changed their lives, but 8 in Cobb, Gwinnett pressing charges

    By ANDRIA SIMMONS

    Published on: 05/25/08

    Carmine Baffa may be his own best advertisement, and his worst.

    He’s a charismatic, self-made man who built a successful career as a “life coach” and motivational speaker while holding seminars across the country.

    [IMG]http://i30.tinypic.com/r06plj.jpg[/IMG]
    Vino Wong/Staff Photographer
    (ENLARGE)
    This is the Gainesville home of Carmine Baffa, who dabbled in many professions – electrician, pawnbroker, pilot, private eye.

    [IMG]http://i30.tinypic.com/2igez37.jpg[/IMG]
    Kimberly Smith/photographer
    (ENLARGE)
    Carmine Baffa, left, looks up at the rest of the courtroom as he sits in a hearing in Gwinnett Magistrate Courtwith his attorney, Drew Findling on charges of raping two female clients while posing as a therapist.

    “He has amazing ability to influence people and persuade them,” said Michal Wallace, who worked as an apprentice to Baffa in 1997. “It’s like some kind of organized religion, only there’s no organization.”

    Police say Baffa also used his charm and street smarts for a sinister purpose — persuading as many as eight clients in metro Atlanta to have sex with him while claiming it was part of their treatment.

    Baffa sometimes told people he was a therapist, although he is not a licensed psychologist, psychotherapist or counselor of any sort, police said.

    “He has some sort of doctorate that he got online,” said Cpl. Illana Spellman, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County police. “Technically for him to tell people he was a doctor, I guess he could introduce himself as such. But he’s not licensed to practice.”

    His half-brother said Baffa was actually a high school dropout who grew his business from the ground up with hard work and self-study.

    Baffa, 52, is being held without bond at the Gwinnett jail on charges including rape and aggravated child molestation.

    Gwinnett police said he raped two girls, now 13 and 19, and a 14-year-old boy in separate, private life coaching sessions at his former home in Lawrenceville.

    Cobb police have filed an additional 22 charges against Baffa. He is accused of sexually assaulting four women and a young girl who attended his seminars at a Marietta hotel.

    Baffa turned down a request for a jailhouse interview.

    His defense attorney, Drew Findling, said Baffa intends to prove his innocence.

    “Anyone who sat through the preliminary hearing has to think these allegations are extremely questionable, both in the delay, their sincerity and most of all their believability,” Findling said.

    Cultlike following

    People who associated with Baffa give him mixed reviews. Some people say Baffa changed their lives.

    Libby Gladden, 61, of Atlanta, attended every one of Baffa’s seminars in recent years and described him as a “very skilled hypnotist.” Gladden said Baffa helped her quit smoking and lose 100 pounds.

    “The Carmine that I know has only helped people,” Gladden said. “I have never seen him do anything inappropriate with anyone, including myself.”

    Wallace, who worked with Baffa for nine months, said Baffa developed a small, cultlike following of devotees. His “human performance engineering” seminars typically drew 20 to 60 people. Police have estimated he hosted 14 seminars a year in Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

    Wallace nevertheless began to question his mentor’s motives. Baffa often had public fallouts with girlfriends and close associates, Wallace said.

    “I saw it over and over and over again,” Wallace said. “He has a tendency to draw people in, but then later has a tendency to escalate very small problems or disagreements into larger ones. He doesn’t want to admit he’s wrong about anything.”

    ‘Consummate Don Juan’

    One of five children, Baffa was raised by a single mother on welfare who worked night shifts as a barmaid, according to his half-brother, Joseph Baffa. Joseph Baffa lives in Georgia but asked that his location not be given because he fears retribution.

    He said Carmine Baffa was 5 years old when his father was murdered. After that, the family lived “like gypsies,” Joseph Baffa said, moving from one apartment to another in the New York area when they had difficulty paying rent.

    Carmine Baffa married for the first time at 17 and again about 10 years ago, his half-brother said. Neither union lasted.

    Carmine Baffa was known to have a short attention span with women — he was “the consummate Don Juan,” Joseph Baffa said.

    Joseph Baffa admitted he has had a rocky relationship with his sibling and has not communicated with Carmine Baffa since 1996. However, he is skeptical of the rape and child molestation accusations.

    “I wasn’t there,” Joseph Baffa said. “But how could he do that? I just don’t see it.”

    The woman who complained to police about Baffa’s alleged relationships with young clients is his live-in business partner, Pamela Harris.

    Harris ran the business side of things and shared a romantic relationship with Baffa. She knew about some of his alleged activities, according to police, but she has not been charged with criminal wrongdoing.

    Gwinnett police detective Diane King has said Harris may be another victim. Harris did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

    At the preliminary hearing in Gwinnett County, King said the former patients participated in “cuddling sessions” with Baffa on an air mattress on his office floor during private counseling sessions in 2006 and 2007.

    The 19-year-old said she didn’t want to have sex with Baffa, “but she felt she could not say no and was afraid of him,” the officer testified. The 13-year-old was actually living with Baffa after he convinced the girl’s family she was suicidal and needed his full-time therapy.

    Before he settled on “life coaching,” Baffa dabbled in many professions — electrician, mechanic, jeweler, pawnbroker, pilot, private eye. About 20 years ago, Baffa began researching an alternative approach to psychotherapy called Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or “NLP,” Joseph Baffa said.

    He met others with similar interests online and started attending NLP seminars aimed at enhancing communication and personal influence. Soon, Baffa was hosting his own self-help seminars.

    Baffa apparently made a handsome sum from seminars and counseling fees. Gladden, the former client, said Baffa charged about $1,000 per person at his seminars, and up to $500 for private sessions. Patients were often referred to him from licensed psychotherapists and counselors, police said.

    Neighbors in the upper-crust Gainesville subdivision where Baffa relocated last year noticed he bought luxury items such as a boat, pool table and a brand-new BMW.

    “He spent lavishly,” said neighbor Jacqueline Bailey. “He had bragged how much money he had and how he made big purchases with cash.”

    Now Baffa lives in a jail cell in Gwinnett County. It’s a far cry from the position he once commanded at the center of a circle of admirers.

    Allan Allard, a counselor in Lawrenceville who referred clients to Baffa, said he was once impressed by Baffa’s “charismatic personality” and communication skills. However, Allard has since come to regret his association with the man.

    “I’m glad he’s been arrested and the media is paying attention,” Allard said, “because he needs to be held accountable.”

  • SoUncool

    ‘Therapist’ charged with rape is charming dropout, associates say

    Some patients say he changed their lives, but 8 in Cobb, Gwinnett pressing charges

    By ANDRIA SIMMONS

    Published on: 05/25/08

    Carmine Baffa may be his own best advertisement, and his worst.

    He’s a charismatic, self-made man who built a successful career as a “life coach” and motivational speaker while holding seminars across the country.

    [IMG]http://i30.tinypic.com/r06plj.jpg[/IMG]
    Vino Wong/Staff Photographer
    (ENLARGE)
    This is the Gainesville home of Carmine Baffa, who dabbled in many professions – electrician, pawnbroker, pilot, private eye.

    [IMG]http://i30.tinypic.com/2igez37.jpg[/IMG]
    Kimberly Smith/photographer
    (ENLARGE)
    Carmine Baffa, left, looks up at the rest of the courtroom as he sits in a hearing in Gwinnett Magistrate Courtwith his attorney, Drew Findling on charges of raping two female clients while posing as a therapist.

    “He has amazing ability to influence people and persuade them,” said Michal Wallace, who worked as an apprentice to Baffa in 1997. “It’s like some kind of organized religion, only there’s no organization.”

    Police say Baffa also used his charm and street smarts for a sinister purpose — persuading as many as eight clients in metro Atlanta to have sex with him while claiming it was part of their treatment.

    Baffa sometimes told people he was a therapist, although he is not a licensed psychologist, psychotherapist or counselor of any sort, police said.

    “He has some sort of doctorate that he got online,” said Cpl. Illana Spellman, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County police. “Technically for him to tell people he was a doctor, I guess he could introduce himself as such. But he’s not licensed to practice.”

    His half-brother said Baffa was actually a high school dropout who grew his business from the ground up with hard work and self-study.

    Baffa, 52, is being held without bond at the Gwinnett jail on charges including rape and aggravated child molestation.

    Gwinnett police said he raped two girls, now 13 and 19, and a 14-year-old boy in separate, private life coaching sessions at his former home in Lawrenceville.

    Cobb police have filed an additional 22 charges against Baffa. He is accused of sexually assaulting four women and a young girl who attended his seminars at a Marietta hotel.

    Baffa turned down a request for a jailhouse interview.

    His defense attorney, Drew Findling, said Baffa intends to prove his innocence.

    “Anyone who sat through the preliminary hearing has to think these allegations are extremely questionable, both in the delay, their sincerity and most of all their believability,” Findling said.

    Cultlike following

    People who associated with Baffa give him mixed reviews. Some people say Baffa changed their lives.

    Libby Gladden, 61, of Atlanta, attended every one of Baffa’s seminars in recent years and described him as a “very skilled hypnotist.” Gladden said Baffa helped her quit smoking and lose 100 pounds.

    “The Carmine that I know has only helped people,” Gladden said. “I have never seen him do anything inappropriate with anyone, including myself.”

    Wallace, who worked with Baffa for nine months, said Baffa developed a small, cultlike following of devotees. His “human performance engineering” seminars typically drew 20 to 60 people. Police have estimated he hosted 14 seminars a year in Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

    Wallace nevertheless began to question his mentor’s motives. Baffa often had public fallouts with girlfriends and close associates, Wallace said.

    “I saw it over and over and over again,” Wallace said. “He has a tendency to draw people in, but then later has a tendency to escalate very small problems or disagreements into larger ones. He doesn’t want to admit he’s wrong about anything.”

    ‘Consummate Don Juan’

    One of five children, Baffa was raised by a single mother on welfare who worked night shifts as a barmaid, according to his half-brother, Joseph Baffa. Joseph Baffa lives in Georgia but asked that his location not be given because he fears retribution.

    He said Carmine Baffa was 5 years old when his father was murdered. After that, the family lived “like gypsies,” Joseph Baffa said, moving from one apartment to another in the New York area when they had difficulty paying rent.

    Carmine Baffa married for the first time at 17 and again about 10 years ago, his half-brother said. Neither union lasted.

    Carmine Baffa was known to have a short attention span with women — he was “the consummate Don Juan,” Joseph Baffa said.

    Joseph Baffa admitted he has had a rocky relationship with his sibling and has not communicated with Carmine Baffa since 1996. However, he is skeptical of the rape and child molestation accusations.

    “I wasn’t there,” Joseph Baffa said. “But how could he do that? I just don’t see it.”

    The woman who complained to police about Baffa’s alleged relationships with young clients is his live-in business partner, Pamela Harris.

    Harris ran the business side of things and shared a romantic relationship with Baffa. She knew about some of his alleged activities, according to police, but she has not been charged with criminal wrongdoing.

    Gwinnett police detective Diane King has said Harris may be another victim. Harris did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

    At the preliminary hearing in Gwinnett County, King said the former patients participated in “cuddling sessions” with Baffa on an air mattress on his office floor during private counseling sessions in 2006 and 2007.

    The 19-year-old said she didn’t want to have sex with Baffa, “but she felt she could not say no and was afraid of him,” the officer testified. The 13-year-old was actually living with Baffa after he convinced the girl’s family she was suicidal and needed his full-time therapy.

    Before he settled on “life coaching,” Baffa dabbled in many professions — electrician, mechanic, jeweler, pawnbroker, pilot, private eye. About 20 years ago, Baffa began researching an alternative approach to psychotherapy called Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or “NLP,” Joseph Baffa said.

    He met others with similar interests online and started attending NLP seminars aimed at enhancing communication and personal influence. Soon, Baffa was hosting his own self-help seminars.

    Baffa apparently made a handsome sum from seminars and counseling fees. Gladden, the former client, said Baffa charged about $1,000 per person at his seminars, and up to $500 for private sessions. Patients were often referred to him from licensed psychotherapists and counselors, police said.

    Neighbors in the upper-crust Gainesville subdivision where Baffa relocated last year noticed he bought luxury items such as a boat, pool table and a brand-new BMW.

    “He spent lavishly,” said neighbor Jacqueline Bailey. “He had bragged how much money he had and how he made big purchases with cash.”

    Now Baffa lives in a jail cell in Gwinnett County. It’s a far cry from the position he once commanded at the center of a circle of admirers.

    Allan Allard, a counselor in Lawrenceville who referred clients to Baffa, said he was once impressed by Baffa’s “charismatic personality” and communication skills. However, Allard has since come to regret his association with the man.

    “I’m glad he’s been arrested and the media is paying attention,” Allard said, “because he needs to be held accountable.”