This medium may have wanted to raise more than the dead.
Karl Lang, 49, of Wales, is accused of pressuring two women to repeatedly expose themselves to him, telling them that their nudity would help them better connect with the spirit world. The women, both in their 20s, did not attend sessions together, but report similar circumstances.
One of the women scheduled her first appointment with Lang when she was 19, wishing to contact her deceased grandfather. Lang allegedly pressured her to be naked during seances because "the spirits are naked," according to the Daily Mail.
As the sessions continued, she says, Lang pressured her to do more and more "outrageous" things, including masturbating in front of him.
"I had to . . . perform a bit like a porn star," she told Wales Online. She continued weekly meetings with Lang for three years.
Both women say that in addition to stripping at psychic sessions, Lang demanded that they send to him nude pictures and explicit videos.
Lang allegedly instituted a system of "levels," in which increasingly explicit sexual exhibition was rewarded with greater spiritual powers, according to the Telegraph. One woman says she continued follow Lang's requests because "that was the way to get up to level 30."
Lang allegedly also told his clients he was the "reincarnation of Jesus Christ," the Mirror reports.
When the psychic allegedly pressured one of the women to allow him to touch her, however, she began to sense that something was amiss, and contacted the police.
Though Lang is not accused of using physical force on his clients, prosecutors say what he did was "a cruel trick" and that he "totally brainwashed" the women, according to the Sun. He has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of causing women to engage in sexual activity without consent.
[Hat Tip: Fark.com]