Police raid sex church in Arizona

Published: Sept. 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM
 PHOENIX, Sept. 9 (UPI) — The founder of an Arizona sex church and 17 others  have been arrested on a variety of prostitution-related charges, officials  said.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the Phoenix Goddess Temple  raided by police “was no more a church than Cuba is Fantasy Island,” The Arizona  Republic of Phoenix reported Friday.

The temple’s religious tenets connect spirituality and sexuality, its Web  site says.

Online ads for the temple offered “sensual worship” for $204 an hour and  promoted the “Very Erotic Priestess Sophia.”

Founder Tracy Elise, 50, who called herself the temple’s “Mystic Mother,”  faces charges of prostitution, illegal control of an enterprise, pandering and  operating a house of prostitution.

Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said it is “particularly disheartening  that some would attempt to disguise their crimes as religious freedom.”

Montgomery said his office worked with vice squad detectives from Phoenix for  six months to indict 33 people associated with the temple.

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