Accused cult leader “Nature Boy” on trial in DeKalb County, faces 5 charges including rape

WSB-TV, Georgia/February 21, 2024

By Courtney Francisco

Dekalb County, Georgia — Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in a DeKalb County courtroom as Eligio Bishop, called Nature Boy by his followers, goes to trial.

Jury selection finished Wednesday. Bishop was arrested and charged in 2022, after a woman and former follower alleged he had raped her and tried to prevent her from leaving in March of that year.

Previous coverage from Channel 2 Action News reported that police had him under investigation for several weeks before bringing charges against him.

Investigators believe Bishop was leading a group, allegedly a cult, called CarbonNation. Followers told Channel 2 Action News after his arrest in April 2022 that they consider him God. He was accused of raping her and posting revenge pornography of her online.

As previously reported, neighbors told Channel 2 Action News in 2022 that Bishop runs an online cult.

“Carbon Nation is his cult. He’s been whooping girls, beating girls, fertilizing girls, getting girls ready for marriage,” a female neighbor said in 2022, not giving her name.

“He controls them, they do what he says. And like I said, it’s turned into abuse. The neighbors have been complaining about from what I hear,” another neighbor said previously.

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