Small town rallies to stop the cult leader sexually assaulting children on the NSW South Coast

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Small town meets to prevent cult leader who sexually abuses children from returning to his congregation, where he believed that “12 women and 72 princesses are waiting” after they were released from prison.

  • William Costellia-Kamm can return to his congregation on the NSW South Coast
  • He received a new surveillance order limiting his movements to 2024
  • Police found a teenage girl living in his house, dressed as a child and holding a doll
  • He claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions

William Costellia-Kamm's release comes despite police finding a teenage girl - who was missing from New Zealand - living in his house dressed as a child and holding a doll

William Costellia-Kamm’s release comes despite police finding a teenage girl – who was missing from New Zealand – living in his house dressed as a child and holding a doll

Furious locals gather to prevent a self-proclaimed prophet, cult leader, and sex offender from returning to his congregation.

William Costellia-Kamm will be able to return to the commune of his followers on the NSW South Coast after what is considered a “shameful” Supreme Court decision.

The 70-year-old, who calls himself ‘Little Pebble’ and claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions, was given a new surveillance order limiting his movements and activities to 2024.

But he may soon return to the property he owns north of Nowra after Supreme Court Judge Stephen Campbell said the risk of Costellia-Kamm reoffending could be ‘adequately’ managed with electronic monitoring and other restrictions.

His release comes despite the fact that police have found a teenage girl – missing from New Zealand – who lives in his house, dressed as a child and holding a doll.

A man from nearby Cambewarra has launched a petition to prevent Kamm from returning to his congregation, which has so far been signed by hundreds of local residents.

Shelley Hancock, the area’s Liberal MP, told the Illawarra Star: “I am furious that this person wants to return to the region; This should not happen.

“We cannot allow people like this to come back to live anywhere near our region.”

Costellia-Kamm was released on parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults against two children in his sect in the 1990s.

He claims he has been falsely accused and unjustly incarcerated.

The self-proclaimed seer claims to be in direct, revelatory communication with Jesus and his Holy Mother through monthly visions received by “divine inspiration.”

Costellia-Kamm was released on parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults against two children in his sect in the 1990s.

Costellia-Kamm was released on parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults against two children in his sect in the 1990s.

Costellia-Kamm was released on parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults against two children in his sect in the 1990s.

Part of the teaching he claims to have received is that he would be the last Pope and, after the Second Coming, repopulate “a royal dynasty” with 12 “queens” and 72 “princesses.”

While a court ruled that he probably still believes this, Costellia-Kamm now claims that Jesus told him two decades ago to set that belief system aside until the Second Coming.

His lawyers told the court that he wanted to live a ‘fairly quiet’ life, move into the cult’s grounds in Cambewarra and avoid the cost of renting in Sydney.

Justice Campbell said that beyond age, the perpetrator’s risk profile had changed little over the past five years.

He was found guilty of numerous counts of sexual intercourse with children under 16, as well as indecent assault.

“I remain skeptical that the defendant is rejecting the current applicability of the ‘queens and princesses’ doctrine,” he said, pointing to the lack of sworn evidence by the cult leader.

“(Kamm believes) he would be the last Pope to enter into a polygamous relationship with 12 queens and a polyamorous relationship with 72 princesses … with whom he would procreate to repopulate a royal dynasty after the Second Coming.”

Concerns were also raised about the defendant’s relationship with the young Kiwi woman, who left her home in New Zealand to join the cult shortly after she turned 18.

The 70-year-old, who refers to himself as 'Little Pebble' and claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions, was issued a new surveillance order on Thursday limiting his movements and activities to 2024.

The 70-year-old, who calls himself 'Little Pebble' and claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions, was issued a new surveillance order on Thursday limiting his movements and activities to 2024.

The 70-year-old, who refers to himself as ‘Little Pebble’ and claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions, was issued a new surveillance order on Thursday limiting his movements and activities to 2024.

But there was no evidence that Costellia-Kamm, who has a narcissistic personality disorder according to the court and is still highly regarded in his community, had interacted with the woman when she was a minor.

The judge said the terms of the surveillance order are necessary to control the risk of further serious sex offenses.

Under the regulatory regime, Costellia-Kamm will not be allowed to sign new leases for homes in Cambewarra without the approval of a government regulator.

He will also need to provide that supervisor with all necessary keys and access codes to enable access to Cambewarra for control purposes.

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