'Spiritual healer' arrested for sexual assault

A man who offered ‘spiritual healing’ services from a Wentworthville property during the early 2000s has been arrested over alleged sexual and indecent assault offences.

In January 2014, sex crimes squad detectives were informed about the alleged sexual and indecent assault of a woman who had visited a ‘spiritual healer’ at a property on Station Street, Wentworthville, in August 2002.

The woman, who was aged 27 at the time, had contacted the man after seeing a ‘Spiritual Consultation’ advertisement in a community newspaper.

The man, who police allege claimed to be a spiritual healer with expertise in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic, advised the woman to visit him at his business on Station Street in Wentworthville.

The woman visited the man on two occasions during August 2002. During the first consultation, he allegedly indecently assaulted her.

During the second consultation, which took place about a week later, he allegedly indecently and sexually assaulted her.

The assaults are alleged to have been undertaken under the guise of a spiritual healing technique, and the man warned the woman not to tell anyone about them.

After being made aware of the allegations earlier this year, sex crimes squad detectives formed Strike Force Yorkfield to investigate the assaults.

Earlier today, they arrested a 49-year-old man in the Bexley North area.

He was taken to Kogarah Police Station where he is expected to be charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault.

Police expect the man will be refused bail to appear in Kogarah Local Court today.

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