A Middletown optician whose professional license was suspended last year after his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a customer was arrested today after an investigation disclosed that he had continued to practice his profession.
JEFFREY FINE, age 66, of Fairview Street, 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. Each count is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Mr. Fine, a state-licensed optician and owner of Meeting House Opticians in Middletown, was arrested in March 2012 by Middletown police and charged with Sexual Assault in the Third Degree in connection with an incident involving a customer. The case is pending in Middletown Superior Court, G.A. No. 9.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit in the latest case, in May 2012 the State Board of Examiners For Opticians summarily suspended Fine’s professional license. He also had been reprimanded and placed on probation by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) in 2002, following another, similar incident, the warrant states.
According to the warrant, in October 2012 a DPH investigator posing as a customer seeking eyeglasses met with Mr. Fine, who provided services that may only be provided by a licensed optician, the warrant states.
The charges against Mr. Fine are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr. Fine was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court, G.A. No. 9, on February 21 , 2013.
The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. The unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the Practitioner Licensing and Investigations Section of the Department of Public Health.