Victims' pain as 'The Little Pebble' William Kamm rolls out of jail

The Daily Telegraph/November 12, 2014

By Taylor Aurebach

William Kamm, jailed in 2005 for sex abuse committed while he led a secretive South Coast cult, will walk free from jail within a week.

His ex-wife, who still lives at the St Charbel compound near Nowra, condemned him but said followers still revered him as their prophet.

The victim, now in her 30s, said she had tried to move on with her life with her 15-year-old son, conceived during one rape by Kamm, but she suffered crippling aftershocks.

“I don't want him out, it makes me scared. I’m scared he’s going to keep doing it to more girls,” she said.

In an exclusive interview, the victim gave a startling ­insight into the sustained torture inflicted on her by Kamm, who claimed he was receiving instructions from the Virgin Mary.

“Over a five-year period he’d take me to a hotel in Wollongong and he’d just have his way with me,” she said. “I’d turn around, close my eyes and cry ... God told him to do it apparently.”

She said Kamm would ­explode in fits of rage and that her son “never wants to meet his father”.

Members of The Order of St Charbel are awaiting the ­return of their “prophet” to the self-sustaining bush outpost. “It’s like Waco,” said Kamm’s ex-wife Bettina Kamm, who still lives in a house on the property.

When The Daily Telegraph broke news of his ­impending release to her yesterday, she reacted with shock: “You are serious? He got parole?’’

Ms Kamm described the predatory behaviour of the man she met as a teenager, ­revealing he would have sex with underage girls weekly.

“How many women do you think there are that would want to share their boyfriend?” she asked.

“I know of teenagers affiliated with him who popped up pregnant and he’d say ‘God made them pregnant’.

“A lot of this was kept from me and it still astonishes me. They adore him, he’s the prophet, he’s like the king of this place.”

She said she planned to take out a restraining order after Kamm’s release and would engage lawyers to ­ensure she retained custody of their six children.

Run-down cottages, two huge concrete water tanks, children’s play equipment, tractors and firewood litter the bizarre enclave.

Senior members of the order, wearing aprons emblazoned with crosses, asked The Daily Telegraph to leave ­immediately.

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