Cult leader trial for sex assault

THE leader of a religious group based at Upper Orara has been committed to stand trial facing multiple sexual assault allegations.

Anthony Scott Williams, the local overseer of Pentecostal group Senior Christian Assemblies International, has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual intercourse without consent.

Police allege the 66-year-old pastor committed the acts against former male members of the church between 1982 and 2007 in Coffs Harbour, Upper Orara, Sandy Beach, Bondi, Tweed Heads and Byron Bay.

Since his arrest in June, last year, Williams has been granted conditional bail to reside at the Upper Orara church headquarters on Wayper Creek Road.

His case has been referred to the district court for hearing.


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