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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.
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March 16, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday denied a motion by a Santa Clarita couple to overturn state prostitution laws that they say prohibit members of their church from practicing rituals that include having sex. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, sued Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti last September in an effort to legalize meetings at her church by getting the laws overturned.
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October 6, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leader of a church with sexual intercourse as an integral part of its rituals has filed a complaint to force the Los Angeles County Parks Department to take her back as a volunteer at the Placerita Nature Center, it was announced Tuesday. Mary Ellen Tracy, high priestess of the Canyon Country-based Church of the Most High Goddess, was asked last year to discontinue her volunteer work as a docent at the Newhall nature center.
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March 16, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday denied a motion by a Santa Clarita couple to overturn state prostitution laws that they say prohibit members of their church from practicing rituals that include having sex. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, sued Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti last September in an effort to legalize meetings at her church by getting the laws overturned.
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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
September 24, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leaders of a church with sexual intercourse as an integral part of its rituals have filed suit against Los Angeles County to overturn pandering and prostitution laws. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, filed the lawsuit last Friday in an effort to legalize the meetings of her church. The complaint details a religion that uses sex as a symbolic dedication to the church.
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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.
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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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October 6, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leader of a church with sexual intercourse as an integral part of its rituals has filed a complaint to force the Los Angeles County Parks Department to take her back as a volunteer at the Placerita Nature Center, it was announced Tuesday. Mary Ellen Tracy, high priestess of the Canyon Country-based Church of the Most High Goddess, was asked last year to discontinue her volunteer work as a docent at the Newhall nature center.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leaders of a church with sexual intercourse as an integral part of its rituals have filed suit against Los Angeles County to overturn pandering and prostitution laws. Mary Ellen Tracy, head of the Church of the Most High Goddess, filed the lawsuit last Friday in an effort to legalize the meetings of her church. The complaint details a religion that uses sex as a symbolic dedication 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.
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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.
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