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Little Pebble’s cultists smother on the yoghurt in bizarre ritual

A carnally kooky cult with raunchy rituals and a German founder doing a long stint in an Aussie prison following a kiddy sex conviction are now making ripples with nipples in Japan, according to Flash (12/4).

Members of the Akita Prefecture-based Little Pebble willingly get their gear off for the weekly magazine and perform their ritual sex, with the scenes involving yogurt being generously smeared over the genitals and lots of mutual licking described in graphic detail by the magazine.

Heading Little Pebble in Japan is Hiroshi Sugiura, who calls himself Father Jean-Marie in the cult hideout he shares with another two men and two women.

“As long as there are no obstacles, I try to have ‘correct sex’ with a follower at least once a day,” Sugiura tells Flash.

What Sugiura refers to as “correct sex” is non-coital relations, which the cult leader carries out with a female follower he calls “Clara.”

“The Virgin Mary told me to hug the nude Clara,” Sugiura says.

“Clara” is short for Clara Josepha Menendez, the name 35-year-old Yumi Abe adopted when she joined the cult.

“At first, I never dreamed I’d become involved in something like this,” she tells Flash, which notes that despite any misgivings she may once have had about the cult, her active and eager performance in its sex ceremony suggest they are not too strong now.

Japan’s Little Pebble draws its roots from the Order of Saint Charbel, a religious group German immigrant William Kamm formed in rural Australia in the mid-1980s. Kamm, who calls himself The Little Pebble, has been in jail for the past few years serving sentences for having sex with underage girls. Sugiura says he was once a member of the Order of Saint Charbel.

“After I graduated from high school, I tried to enter a monastery, but was told that I had too much love for the Virgin Mary, so I went off to university and studied theology instead,” he says.

Mimi Hagiwara, a former women’s professional wrestler and now a missionary in Hiroshima, was once closely linked with Sugiura, but is quick to dismiss any current connection.

“There was a time when we worked together in the past, but their views were so different, they soon went their separate ways,” an agent for Hagiwara tells Flash. “She had so many fights with Sugiura. Ms. Hagiwara has absolutely nothing to do with him.”

Lawyer Masaki Kido has plenty of reservations about Little Pebble, too.

“There’s no doubt that the Order of Saint Charbel is a doomsday cult, but at this stage Little Pebble hasn’t done anything bad along the lines of Aum Shinrikyo or the Unification Church. Nonetheless, there is an antisocial aspect to the cult, with its destruction of family units and sex ceremonies, so I think there is a need to worry about what it could get up to from now on.”

A 58-year-old woman living in the Kansai Region has just left Little Pebble and is not too keen on talking about it too much.

“It’s over,” she says, the weekly saying she appears to be scared of something when talk of the cult comes up. “I have nothing to say about it.”

But even Sugiura, who claims to have prophetic abilities, is not too upbeat about the future of the cult in Japan.

“I’m going to be arrested and taken away for something I won’t have done,” he forecasts for Flash. “And I’ll be killed after I get out of prison. I don’t know who by, but I’ll be killed.” (By Ryann Connell)

• Original title: Little Pebbles cultists smother on the yoghurt in bizarre ‘bam bam’ ritual

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Cult leader William Kamm jailed for more sexual abuse

Self-proclaimed prophet William Kamm will spend the next six years behind bars after a second offence involving the seduction of a teenage girl.

The 56-year-old cult leader, known to his followers as the Little Pebble, showed the girl letters “from the Virgin Mary” telling her it was God’s will she sleep with him to help him repopulate the earth with his mystical seed.

Kamm, who claims he can communicate directly with God and receives messages from the Virgin on the 13th day of every month, is already serving a minimum three-and-a-half-year term for sex offences.

His non-parole period was on Friday more than doubled for an almost identical offence.

NSW District Court Judge Peter Berman said Kamm abused his position as the leader of his self-proclaimed cult, the Order of Saint Charbel, to satisfy his own desires.

His victim wrote “poignant” letters to the Virgin Mary, to which Kamm responded with orders that she sleep with him, and signing off as the mother of Christ.

The girl, who moved into the religious community near Nowra with her family at a very young age, was taken to a motel at nearby Figtree, and sometimes to Kamm’s room in the commune, and forced to have sex with him.

Kamm told her girl and her parents she was chosen by the Virgin to help him repopulate the earth with his “mystical seed” to create a master race for the new era.

Her mother, who remains a follower and lives in the Cambewarra community, was so devoted she consented to Kamm having sex with two of her daughters, Judge Berman said.

The sexual relationship continued from the time the girl was 14 until she was 19, when she became pregnant and gave birth to his child.

It wasn’t until she left the community in 2002 that the victim realised she had, in fact, been abused on a weekly or fortnightly basis, she said.

“William Kamm has taken my innocence, my childhood, my independence and my virginity,” she said in her victim impact statement, read to the court.

“I believe William Kamm should be put away for a long time so he can’t hurt any more young girls like he can hurt me.

“I believe he is a danger to young girls and their families. I don’t wish the pain I went through upon anybody in this world.”

More than a dozen of Kamm’s followers crowded the courtroom for a glimpse of their leader, whom they believe to be God, unflinching as Judge Berman condemned his beliefs as deserving “no respect at all”.

“It’s difficult to understand how anyone could have been taken in by the offender but clearly many were,” Judge Berman said.

“It’s remarkable that although many believed him to be God and that the writings came directly from the Virgin Mary nobody thought to ask … why he was incapable of spelling simple words correctly.

“This was clearly not the work of an all powerful God.”

Kamm, known to his followers as the “Little Pebble”, was impassive throughout.

In addition to his current sentence, against which he lost an appeal last month, Kamm will now serve a seven-and-a-half-year non-parole period with a maximum term of 10 years.

He will be eligible for release on April 13, 2013.

Kamm’s lawyer, Greg Stanton, said his client contrition or remorse, and indicated he would lodge an immediate appeal.