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Tuesday 10 March 2015
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/ ... -french-gi
Australian fake Hare Krishna guru jailed for repeated rape of three teenage French girls
An Australian man who passed himself off as a Hare Krishna guru was on Monday sentenced to 19 years in jail in France for repeatedly raping three teenage girls he turned into sex slaves.
Sean O'Neil, a 43-year-old computer programmer, was found guilty by a closed-door appeals court in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence of multiple rape and of corrupting minors.
The court rejected O'Neil's argument the sex was consensual.
It confirmed a lower court's October 2013 conviction and lengthened the original sentence of 15 years’ jail to 19.
It also barred him from returning to France once he had served his time.
O'Neil forced four teenage girls to live as naked slaves in his French Riviera apartment in the town of Valbonne, subjecting them to pornographic photo sessions and making them recite the Hare Krishna mantra 1,700 times a day.
He regularly raped them between 2009 and 2010 while they were aged around 15.
One expert testified that the girls cooperated because they were in a trance-like state approaching hypnosis.
The victims described O'Neil as a "guru" who urged them to recruit other young virgins of the same age with the aim of starting a commune in Australia.
The crimes came to light in 2010 after one of the girls described what they were enduring to a school employee.