Former Erin cult leader sentenced to three years

Metroland News Service/May 19, 2010

A former Erin resident who once led a sex cult of teenage boys is heading back to prison after threatening to kill his parole officer.

Kenneth James McMurray, 38, pleaded guilty in an Ottawa courtroom on Monday (May 17) to uttering death threats and breaching a long-term supervision order. He was sentenced to three years.

The supervision order was imposed in 1999 after McMurray pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault. Court heard he led a group said to be based on the Wiccan religion, and forced his young followers to engage in sex acts with each other and with him in the basement of his parents’ home.

McMurray was sentenced to four years in prison for his local crimes and deemed a long-term offender, which allowed him to be placed on mandatory supervision for five years following his release.

The supervision order has been extended several times after repeated breaches, including a 2004 robbery for which McMurray was sentenced to nearly four more years in prison.

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