A 49-year-old psychic named Karl Lang was arrested for somehow convincing two naïve young women to remove all of their clothing in order to improve their chances of making contact with the dead.
The two twenty something year old women sought Lang so that he can help them make contact with dead relatives when he was able to manipulate them to strip naked in order to proceed.
In court, it was said that Lang had an “almost hypnotic ability” to make women rid themselves of their shyness and even had one of the women “perform like a porn star” in order to increase her “psychic powers”.
Lang was sentenced to two years and arrested at Cardiff Crown Court. He was also banned from practicing as a spiritualist, healer, clairvoyant, or medium for the next 10 years.
In the words of Judge Patrick Curran- “This was repeated, systematic conduct, prolonged and plainly planned. It was designed to be more and more gross and it could only have been for your own sexual gratification. You seem to have had an almost hypnotic ability to make these women overcome their inhibitions. They put their trust in you and you betrayed that trust. You violated your role as a spiritual adviser and convinced them to engage in sexual activity. /you have displayed an utter lack of remorse in that you continue to deny these offences”
The women both told the south Wales court that they felt embarrassed and ashamed after Lang tricked them.
Matthew Roberts, the prosecutor in the case, told the court “Lang told the women that by acting more and more outrageously they could get in touch with their loved ones. He encouraged them to send him naked photographs of themselves saying it would increase their psychic powers. He told them they had to be naked as the spirits are also naked”
Lang came up with a “spirit scale” that included exercises that were made to increase his clients’ psychic abilities.
“He totally brainwashed them. He was a charming, charismatic spiritualist who was able to dominate his victims”, Mr Roberts told the court.
One of the women is a 27 year old who lost her father 10 years ago. She stated that Lang impressed her after seeing him give a psychic reading at a friend’s house.
She advised that her “explicit and intense” training required her to touch herself in front of Lang and also to send naked photographs of herself to him.
She also told the court how Lang warned her not to tell anyone about the training methods because he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
“The first time I stripped off my clothes he said “Well done! You’ve gone up a level in the spiritual world”, she said.
“He told me the more outrageous I behaved, the higher level I would get. It was like a reward system,” she stated
“On one occasion after obeying his sexually explicit instructions, Karl congratulated me by saying “I didn’t think you had it in you- you really pleased the spirit world”.
“He asked me to talk about my sexual fantasies during meditations. I would be naked with my eyes closed. He told me to imagine having sex. He said “be as outrageous as you want, don’t just have one man, have five.”
The other woman is a 26 year old who also stated that she felt “embarrassed and ashamed” at having been tricked into taking part in nude séances in order to make contact with her dead grandfather.
“To get stronger, he told me I had to do things that mankind was afraid of”, she said.
“This meant I had to get naked and perform a bit like a porn star. He said the more outrageous I performed, the stronger I would become.”
“If you didn’t dance to his tune, all hell would break loose. Bad things would happen. Thinking about it now it makes me feel sick. I’m embarrassed and ashamed about what I had to do, but I was completely controlled. He mentally abused me”, she said.
The second women told the court that Lang called her after he was arrested and told her “I’m big time in the s***, please don’t hang me”.
Lang made it sound like he did not ask the women to act in this way, telling police that he was “totally shocked” when one of the women undressed herself during one of the sessions.
He did say however that the key to spiritualism is “letting yourself go”. “If they decide to take their clothes off, it’s their problem” he said.
According to Lang, he has had the ability to communicate with the dead since he was just 4 years old. He has been a spiritualist for more than 10 years.
It was made known at the court that Lang has contacted the dead at hundreds of spiritual churches in Britain and that he has performed in front of crowds of more than 1,000 people.
Lang was ultimately found guilty of 12 charges, which were “causing women to engage in sexual activity without consent”, these occurred between 2005 and 2009.
His lawyer, Nigel Fryer, stated, “He will never again practice as a spiritualist in any way shape or form. These are very unusual charges. He was fully clothed throughout. He did not penetrate them at any stage.”
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