'Sheik Haron' arrested for sexual assaults while posing as 'spiritual healer'

Beats me why the ABC blurs his picture. Who could have any interest to protect this swine?

‘Spiritual healer’ refused bail over alleged 2002 sexual assaults at Wentworthville in Sydney’s west

A self-proclaimed Muslim sheikh has been refused bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman while posing as a “spiritual healer”.

man_monis_375_aap_19duc8e-19duc8jMohammad Hassan Manteghi, also known as Sheik Haron and Man Haron Monis, appeared in Kogarah Local Court this afternoon charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault.

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The 49-year-old will remain in custody until his next scheduled court appearance on Wednesday.

Manteghi was arrested at Bexley North in Sydney’s south-west this morning.

It is alleged he assaulted the woman at Wentworthville in the city’s west in August 2002.

Police say the woman, who was 27 at the time, met Manteghi after responding to an advertisement offering “spiritual consultation” in a community newspaper.

He allegedly claimed to be an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic.

Police allege the first time the woman was indecently assaulted when she met Manteghi at his business on Station Street.

Detectives says when they met again about a week later Manteghi indecently and sexually assaulted the woman under the guise of a spiritual healing technique.

Manteghi allegedly told the woman not to tell anyone what happened.

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad began investigating the allegations earlier this year.

Detective Inspector Michael Haddow says their investigations have revealed advertisements about the healing centre were placed in Fijian, Chinese, Macedonian, Indian and Spanish local newspapers between 2000 and 2002.

He says any other alleged victims should contact them.

“This is a matter where we are seeking assistance with either witnesses or certainly if there are other victims who attended this centre in Wentworthville in the early 2000s,” Inspector Haddow said.

“We certainly urge those people to come forward and clearly the police will deal with these people with the utmost respect and provide them with assistance.”