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article imagePolice: 'White witch' Cornwall coven raped girls in pagan rituals

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 29, 2012 in Crime
Falmouth - A court has heard that two men, members of a "witches coven," dressed up in ceremonial robes and, armed with ritual daggers, participated in ritual sex abuse of young girls.
The Daily Mail reports that prosecutors say that Peter Petrauske, 72, and Jack Kemp, 69, were members of a "white witches" coven that has been operating in Cornwall, England, since the 1970s.
The Truro Crown Court allegedly heard that the sexual abuse rituals continued for three decades.
According to The Mirror, the men denied the charges brought against them.
But according to prosecutors, victims said the men gave them alcohol before they were made to undress in front of a group of men who were all dressed in ceremonial robes. The prosecutors say the victims alleged that they were abused and then given money and sweets to remain silent.
The Guardian reports that prosecutor Jason Beal, said that in some of the incidents, the victims were made to strip and their wrists were tied.
The Daily Mail reports that prosecutors say one of the alleged victims said naked children were forced to dance round "like models" for the adults who remained dressed in ritual robes.
The court heard that a victim said she was tied and blindfolded, and a ritual dagger was drawn over her body.
According to the Mirror, Beal said the victim was " taken to a house where pagans were present, Jack Kemp was present and 'German Pete' (Petrauske) was also there. She was given alcohol, told to dance in front of the camera, and take her clothes off. They (the 'white witches') took their penises out."
The prosecutors told the court that the men told one victim that if she was a good girl, "she would see their snakes spit". Beal added: "She was given £5 and a bag of sweets," to keep her quiet.
According to Beal, another witness said "[Petrauske was] really into witchcraft." The witness said he would call himself "chief" or "lord."
According to The Daily Mail, police say Petrauske claims he was a "white witch, a pagan and not a Christian" and "the high priest of a white witch coven."
Detectives found daggers, a whip, candles, incense and lavender at his home, prosecutors told the court.
Investigation into the allegations began last year, after Kemp was arrested in a separate incident that led to rumors spreading in Falmouth. The alleged victims then contacted the police.
The abuse charges are related to incidents that occurred from the 1970s to 2009, The Guardian reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Kemp from Falmouth, faces 15 charges of sexual assaults on girls aged between three and 15. Petrauske faces three charges of indecent assault and one charge of rape.
The Guardian reports the trial is due to last about four weeks.
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