Middletown Optician Arrested

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A Middletown optician whose professional license was suspended last year after he was charged with sexually assaulting a customer was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation revealed that he had continued to practice as an eye doctor, according to the Division of Criminal Justice.

Jeffrey Fine, 66, of Portland, was charged with one count of unlawfully practicing as an optician, one count of criminal attempt at unlawfully practicing as an Optician and one count of deceptive ownership or management of an optical establishment.

Middletown police arrested Fine in March 2012 and charged him with sexual assault in the third degree and the case is pending.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit in the latest case, the State Board of Examiners For Opticians suspended Fine’s professional license in May 2012, according to the Division or Criminal Justice.
He also had been reprimanded and placed on probation by the state Department of Public Health in 2002, following another, similar incident, according to the warrant.

In October 2012 a DPH investigator posing as a customer seeking eyeglasses met with Fine, who provided services that only a licensed optician can provide, the warrant states.

Fine was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court, G.A. No. 9, on Feb. 21.

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