Cult leader now accused of sex with girl, 11

William Kamm, the religious cult leader known as “Little Pebble“, is facing new allegations of sexual assault, including intercourse with an 11-year-old girl.

Kamm, who was last week jailed for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, today faced 11 fresh charges of sexual assault in Parramatta Local court.

A woman, now 18, says Kamm sexually abused her between the ages of 11 and 15. Kamm was the leader of a commune at Cambewarra on the NSW South Coast.

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The charges include five counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 14. Four of these assaults allegedly occurred when the girl was 11. Kamm faces another six counts of aggravated indecent assault with a person under the age of 16.

The victim, who cannot be named, says she was abused between June 1998 and December 2001.

The woman first made the allegations when welfare officers raided the commune in August and Sepember 2002, the court heard.

Prosecutor Sergeant Richard Thompson told the court this afternon that police had strong evidence against Kamm. An adult was alleged to have witnessed one of the sexual encounters, some of which allegedly took place at The Sovereign Inn in Figtree, near Wollongong. However, there were no records from the hotel indicating Kamm stayed there.

Kamm’s barrister Greg Stanton said he was appealing last week’s conviction and had a bail application pending in the NSW Supreme Court.
He argued the prosecution case on the fresh charges was not corroborated by evidence.

“These allegations come to light a week after Mr Kamm’s been convicted in the District Court,” Mr Stanton said. “They’re uncorroborated assertions in relation to unspecified matters on times and dates which themselves must be unspecified.” Mr Stanton said the timing of the complaint should give the court “a sense of disquiet and concern”.

Despite serving a maximum of five years in jail , Kamm, 55, made a bail application this afternoon.

Magistrate Jennifer Betts refused bail. The matter is due back in Central Local court on November 24.

During the hearing it emerged that Kamm is due to face trial in March in relation to charges similar to those he was convicted of last week.

Mr Stanton said allegations that Kamm had sought to interfere with witnesses for the March trial as “outrageously untrue and unfounded”. He said Kamm was seeking the repayment of a debt the person owed him.

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Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Oct. 21, 2005
Natasha Wallace and Jano Gibson
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