Gang rape allegations orchestrated by church leader, lawyer says
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Wednesday October 20, 2010
One of the so-called victims of alleged gang rapes within a Korean “cult” now says the allegations were fictitiously scripted by the “cult leader,” a lawyer for one of the accused charged said Tuesday.
The case unravelled in March after a teenaged girl and three young women told police they were drugged, beaten and gang-raped by a group of men whom they had met through a Korean church between the fall of 2009 and February 2010.
Three men were arrested before a fifth complainant came forward, prompting the arrests of two sisters who are, according to defence lawyer Jacqueline An, the nieces of Pastor Jae-Gap Song [earlier reported as Jae-Kap Song - RNB], who leads the so-called church.
A sixth complainant came forward in May, An said.
Since their arrests, An has maintained that the story was orchestrated by Song, who she says controlled roughly 50 people, many of them here on visas from Korea, kept them behind locked apartment doors and made them craft and wear matching uniforms.
Orangeville Police records show Song was arrested on March 14 on one count of sexual assault, which stems from an alleged attack exactly one month earlier.
An alleges it was that attack that Song was trying to mask by forcing a group of his followers to go to police with bogus rape stories.
One of those victims went to An three weeks ago with a 50-plus-pages “script” that outlines what the women were made to tell police, An alleged.
The woman, in her mid-20s, said Song wrote and made the women memorize the script, which outlined the alleged drugging and gang rapes, An alleged.
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