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September 24, 1993
The leaders of a church where sex is an integral part of its rituals has sued Los Angeles County to overturn pandering and prostitution laws. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, filed the lawsuit in an effort to legalize the meetings of her church. Tracy, also known as Sabrina Aset, and her husband, Will Tracy, were convicted in 1989 of running a house of prostitution and she was convicted of one count of prostitution for activities related to the church.
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March 16, 1994
A self-proclaimed priestess who claimed her religion required her to have sex with parishioners is not exempt from state pandering and prostitution laws, a judge ruled Tuesday. Mary Ellen Tracy, leader of the Church of the Most High Goddess, and husband, Will, claimed they were victims of discriminatory prosecution. Superior Court Judge Madeline Flier denied the couple's motion for a ruling in their favor in their lawsuit against Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1994
A self-proclaimed priestess who claimed her religion required her to have sex with parishioners is not exempt from state pandering and prostitution laws, a judge ruled Tuesday. Mary Ellen Tracy, leader of the Church of the Most High Goddess, and husband, Will, claimed they were victims of discriminatory prosecution. Superior Court Judge Madeline Flier denied the couple's motion for a ruling in their favor in their lawsuit against Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993
The leaders of a church where sex is an integral part of its rituals has sued Los Angeles County to overturn pandering and prostitution laws. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, filed the lawsuit in an effort to legalize the meetings of her church. Tracy, also known as Sabrina Aset, and her husband, Will Tracy, were convicted in 1989 of running a house of prostitution and she was convicted of one count of prostitution for activities related to the church.
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May 4, 1990 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A religious group that claimed to absolve the sins of male worshipers by sexual intercourse with a female priestess is nothing more than a scam intended to hide the operation of a brothel, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge William M. Byrne Jr. rejected arguments by Will and Mary Ellen Tracy of Canyon Country, who filed a civil suit to prevent the Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney's office from investigating or prosecuting their Church of the Most High Goddess.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1989
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file felony pandering charges Monday against a Canyon Country couple who claim to be the high priest and priestess of an ancient Egyptian sex church. Sandi Gibbons, a spokesman for the district attorney, said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Will and Mary Ellen Tracy, who were arrested by Los Angeles police vice officers Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1990
Will and Mary Ellen Tracy, self-proclaimed leaders of a Los Angeles sex church, on Monday lost a federal court effort to prevent authorities from investigating what the Tracys say is an ancient Egyptian religion protected by the Constitution. U.S. District Judge William M. Byrne refused to grant a preliminary injunction to bar police and the city attorney's office from investigating or prosecuting the Canyon Country couple, who were convicted last September of operating a house of prostitution.
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May 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A federal judge ruled today that a couple cannot claim that their sex-oriented Church of the Most High Goddess in Canyon Country is a religion protected by constitutional freedoms and thus immune to attempts to enforce vice laws. U.S. District Judge W. Matthew Byrne rejected the arguments by Will Tracy, 51, and wife Mary Ellen, 47, that the church promising salvation through sex in return for monetary sacrifices should be protected by the Constitution.
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September 8, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Canyon Country woman who claims to be a priestess of an ancient Egyptian religion was convicted today of two misdemeanor counts of prostitution. After 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman Municipal Court jury returned the guilty verdict against Mary Ellen Tracy, 46, also known as Sabrina Aset, high priestess of the Church of the Most High Goddess. The jury also convicted her husband, Wilbur, 51, of one count of operating a house of prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1990
The self-proclaimed "high priestess" of a church that incorporates sex in its rituals testified Wednesday that nude photos of her in adult publications were meant to recruit fellow worshipers, not to attract clients for prostitution. The advertisements were "an announcement" that the Church of the Most High Goddess was seeking people "interested in hedonistic religious rituals," Mary Ellen Tracy told U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr.
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May 4, 1990 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A religious group that claimed to absolve the sins of male worshipers by sexual intercourse with a female priestess is nothing more than a scam intended to hide the operation of a brothel, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge William M. Byrne Jr. rejected arguments by Will and Mary Ellen Tracy of Canyon Country, who filed a civil suit to prevent the Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney's office from investigating or prosecuting their Church of the Most High Goddess.
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September 19, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday refused to issue a court order barring Los Angeles police and the city attorney from investigating or prosecuting a Canyon Country couple who include sex acts in what they say are ancient religious rites. Will and Mary Ellen Tracy, convicted this month on misdemeanor prostitution charges, had sought a temporary retraining order to end what they charged was harassment by the Los Angeles Police Department and prosecutors in the city attorney's office.
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