by Rachel Ogbu
Peter Petrauske, 72 and Jack Kemp, 69, belonging to a ‘witches’ coven’ wore ceremonial robes and used daggers as part of ritualistic sex abuse on girls aged between three and 15, a court held.
The two men from Falmouth are in a Truro Crown Court facing charges of indecent assault and one of rape in alleged abuses that spanned three decades
According to report, Petrauske and Kemp were involved in a pagan group of ‘white witches’ operating in Cornwall since the 1970s.
The alleged abuse saw young girls plied with alcohol before forced to undress in front of a crowd of men wearing robes.
They were then allegedly abused then given money and sweets to buy their silence.
One victim told police of naked children forced to dance around ‘like models’ for the adults who were all dressed in robes.
The victim recounted her ordeal telling police that one time they tied her to a chair and blindfolded. On another incident, her wrists were bound and a ceremonial dagger drawn over her body.
Prosecutor Jason Beal said some of the assaults took the form of rituals. “She was taken to a house where pagans were present, Jack Kemp was present and “German Pete” (Petrauske) was also there. She was given alcohol, told to dance in front of the camera, and take her clothes off,” Beal said.
He said the male white witches then exposed themselves and made an indecent proposition.
‘She was given £5 and a bag of sweets,’ Beal added.
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Another witness, said Beal, spoke of Petrauske being ‘really into witchcraft’ and claimed that he would refer to himself as a chief or lord.
Petrauake allegedly told police that he was a ‘white witch, a pagan and not a Christian’ and ‘the high priest of a white witch coven’.
Detectives discovered daggers, a whip, candles, incense and lavender at his home, the court heard.
The historic abuse was only investigated by police last year when Kemp was arrested in connection with another incident, causing rumours to spread around his home town of Falmouth and prompting the alleged victims to contact detectives.
The abuse charges cover three decades from the late 1970s to 2009.
Kemp faces 15 charges of sexual assaults on youngsters aged between three and 15, while Petrauske, also from Falmouth, faces three charges of indecent assault and one of rape.
The trial of both men is due to last around four weeks.