NEWPORT, Wales – A self-proclaimed "psychic" in southeast Wales has been found guilty of tricking two bereaved young women who sought his spiritualist skills into sex acts.
Newport Crown Court found 49-year-old Karl Lang guilty on 12 counts of causing women to engage in sexual activity without consent, Wales Online reported Friday.
His two victims, aged in their twenties, had approached Lang to try to "make contact" with their dead relatives.
Lang betrayed the trust of the vulnerable girls, the court said, and brainwashed them into lewd sex acts, which he said would boost their spiritual powers.
The women said they were asked to perform outrageous and raunchy sex acts while Lang sat watching fully clothed, although he would occasionally strip and join in. One victim said she was encouraged to act like a porn star in the belief it would help her contact the spirit world.
The manipulative behavior lasted almost four years from November 2005 until September 2009.
Lang had called the claims "wicked lies" and vehemently denied his guilt.
In a police interview he said "letting go" was imperative to achieving spiritualism and if the girls wished to strip "it was their problem."
"This involved a very serious breach of trust and an immediate custodial sentence is, it seems to me, absolutely inevitable," Judge Patrick Curran said.
Curran added that the women were "vulnerable in the sense that they were bereaved and sought the defendant's consultation in communicating with those who died, and he took the most gross advantage of the situation."
Lang told the jury he has seen, heard and communicated with spirits since the age of four.
He will be sentenced in July.