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Monk sexually assaults three women during healing rituals

By Mason White 12:46 PM January 25, 2016
Gokula Nanda 

By: Feng Qian
A monk was arrested on a charge of sexual assault after allegedly sexually assaulting several women during healing rituals, police in California said.

Los Angeles prosecutors said that the 62-year-old man that claimed to be a Hindu monk and performed so-called healing rituals, pleaded not guilty after being ordered to stand trial on claims that he sexually assaulted three women.

Deputy District Attorney Maren Dermody said that Gokula Nanda of West Hills, was ordered to stand trial for six counts of sexual battery by fraud, three counts of sexual penetration by foreign object and two counts of sexual battery.

Nanda sexually abused the victims while claiming to be performing healing rituals at various locations, including his Eastern medicine store in Santa Clarita and a park in Torrance.

Nanda faces a possible maximum sentence of 19 years in prison if convicted as charged. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $100,000.