Little Pebble loses appeal

William Kamm, known as the Little Pebble to his followers, has lost his appeal against conviction for sexual offences against a 15-year-old girl.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Kamm, 56, was sentenced to five years in jail in 2005 for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who he had been living with in a religious community he established at Cambewarra, near Nowra, on the NSW south coast.

The crimes occurred in the early 1990s and the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal today dismissed his appeal against his sentence which Kamm said was excessive.

Justice David Hodgson said Kamm told his followers he would have 12 queens and 72 princesses who would give birth to his children, who would be called an immaculate race.

He also wrote a letter to the girl to say she was to be one of his wives.

Kamm is also awaiting sentencing following a separate guilty verdict on sex charges related to a different underage girl.

Judge Peter Berman will hear sentencing submissions in that case on August 3.

Sex crime 'prophet' loses appeal (Sydney Morning Herald, 9/7/07)

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10 Jul 2007