South coast cult leader William 'Little Pebble' Kamm, partner charged with alleged historical child grooming

ABC News, Australia/March 10, 2024

By Romy Gilbert

Religious cult leader William "Little Pebble" Kamm and his partner have been charged by New South Wales Police for alleged child grooming.

Police allege the pair groomed the child for more than a decade on the New South Wales South Coast.

Mr Kamm, 73, and a 58-year-old woman were arrested at a unit in Sydney's CBD on Monday.

A 19-year-old woman reported the abuse allegations to police in September last year.

Police will allege in court the woman told officers the grooming began when she was six.

She said during the period of the alleged abuse the man accused was an inmate in a correctional centre and had used various methods to groom the complainant, including phone calls, letters and by directing the accused woman to act on his behalf.

"[He allegedly] gave her gifts and gave her certain directions in relation to the grooming," Superintendent Doherty said.

Police say items relevant to the investigation by the NSW Police sex crimes squad were found last week in two sheds at the couple's property at Bangalee in the Shoalhaven and at a unit in Sydney's CBD.

Mr Kamm is charged with grooming a child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity, grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity as well as aggravated incite person do sexual act with them.

He was also charged with two counts of failing to comply with an extended supervision order.

The woman was charged with grooming a child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity and grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity.

Both were refused bail to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

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