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Little Pebble to face trial

NSW South Coast cult leader the "Little Pebble" - whose real name is William Kamm - was this week committed to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted teenage followers.

The 53-year-old, who claims to regularly see visions of the Virgin Mary, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including one count of sexual assault and three of indecent assault.

Kamm showed no emotion when Nowra magistrate David O'Connor told the court he believed a jury would be likely to convict him.

In evidence earlier this year the court heard it was the Virgin Mary who allegedly chose 12 "queens" from among the cult followers to marry Kamm and bear him children.

The two young women at the centre of the allegations against Kamm are now in their 20s and have left the community. But it is alleged they were aged 14 and 15 and living at the cult's compound outside Nowra when they first became queens.

One of the women told the court the sexual relationship with Kamm continued for five years, until she fell pregnant.

Kamm will be arraigned at Wollongong District Court on February 2 next year. Bail was continued.

The cult's Bishop Malcolm L. Broussard, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church earlier this year by Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham, has expressed confidence in Kamm's defence, in a commentary on the cult's website.

He says: "This will all come out at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way as everything develops".

Little Pebble to face trial (Illawarra Mercury 25/11/03)
Committal Hearing - Magistrate's Decision, 24 November 2003 (Little Pebble website)

The Little Pebble website
Letter from Fr. Malcolm Broussard in Defence of the Little Pebble
Letter of Explanation regarding the Actions of 20 March 2002
Australia's Biggest Doomsday Cult | Statements on Fr Malcolm Broussard, from the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Wollongong and Galveston-Houston
Little Pebble disciple cleared of sex assault charges (13/2/03)
'Little Pebble' to face court next month on sex charges (5/11/02)
Church bans NSW South Coast cult 'miracle worker' (18/6/02)

26 Nov 2003