Paoli man going to trial in exorcism case
BLOOMINGTON — An Orange County man charged with injuring a 14-year-old Bloomington boy during an exorcism in 2007 turned down a chance to plead guilty to a less-serious charge and is on trial this week in Monroe Circuit Court.
Before a pretrial hearing, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller discussed a possible plea agreement with the attorney for Eddie Uyesugi, 24, who is charged with criminal confinement and battery, both felonies.
Uyesugi could have pleaded guilty to criminal confinement as a felony and been able to have the conviction amended to a misdemeanor after he completed probation.
Police said Uyesugi believed he could cure the teen’s autism by casting out demons through a religious ritual called an exorcism.
The boy’s mother agreed to the exorcism and invited Uyesugi to her home for the event. She later reported that during the exorcism, Uyesugi beat and choked her son, causing him to vomit. The boy’s face reportedly was swollen and bruised after the ritual, which police said lasted several hours.