'Sex cult' leader arrested

Jakarta Post/January 29, 2009

Jakarta - An Indonesian cult head accused of leading his followers in wild orgies and giving sermons in his underpants was arrested on Thursday and could be charged with 'lewd acts", police said.

Agus Noro, the head of the Satria Piningit Weteng Buwono sect, turned himself in early in the morning after a three-day hunt, Jakarta police spokesman Zulkarnain told AFP.

Noro, who is called Agus Imam Solihin or 'leader of the faithful' by followers, is alleged to have had sex with his disciples and instructed them to have group sex while he watched in the sect's house outside Jakarta.

'We're investigating him based on a report made by a female follower named Kartiningsih on January 26. She complained that Noro had asked her to massage him and touch his genitals,' Mr Zulkarnain said.

'She was also made to have sex with him, while her husband and followers watched,' he added.

'If our investigations prove that he carried out lewd acts, we'll name him a suspect and hand him over to the court,' Mr Zulkarnain said, adding Noro could face up to nine years in jail if convicted.

'He has about 40 followers, all adults. At the beginning, Noro told them to pray and carry out religious recitations. After several months, he told them he was God and that they didn't have to do that any more,' he added.

Noro gave religious sermons wearing only his underpants and taught his disciples 'Kamasutra' sex techniques to use in the afterlife, former follower Eko was quoted as saying by news website Okezone.

'We just obeyed like we'd been hypnotised,' he said.

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