|Taiwan Gays Cheated, Molested by So-called Priest at "Gay Temple"
August 31, 2008
Taipei - Taiwan police are probing into alleged fraud and sexual assault involving a 24-year-old man who claimed himself a "priest" who could ward off ghosts haunting gay people, officers said Monday. "We just received a report by a male victim and will summon the suspect for questioning over his alleged role in the fraud and sexual assault case," an officer said by telephone.
The suspect, identified as Tsai Hung-chieh, 24, has a previous fraud record and is serving a suspended sentence of four years, the officer said.
The probe came after news media reports that up to a dozen Taiwan gay men, who visited a "gay temple" hoping to improve their chance of finding a lover, claim they have been swindled of money and sexually molested by a male priest at the temple over recent months.
According to the Apple Daily, Tsai, one of two priests at the Wei Ming Temple in Yungho, a satellite city of Taipei, told them that there was a ghost in their penis and they had to masturbate before him to drive it out.
Tsai raped some of the victims, after giving them a drink mixed with sleeping pills, the paper reported, quoting one of the victims identified as Hsiao Kang.
Some of the victims were charged 3,600 to 360,000 Taiwan dollars (113 to 11,392 US dollars) by Tsai for counseling or to receive instructions on how to meet someone.
Hsiao Kang told the Apple Daily he teamed up with several other victims in reporting Tsai to police to put a stop to his crimes.
"There might be many other victims who have been cheated and molested by Tsai but dare not report to police for fear of being exposed," he said.
Taiwan's cable news network TVBS quoted the temple's founder Lu Wei-ming as saying the suspect allegedly made use of the time he was not in Taiwan to cheat others.
Police said if found guilty of fraud and sexual assault, the suspect would be sentenced to more than five years of jail.
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