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October 24, 1989
A Canyon Country woman who claims to be the high priestess of an ancient church that incorporates sex acts in its rituals will be tested for the AIDS virus under an agreement reached by court and health authorities Monday. Mary Ellen Tracy, 47, was convicted in September on two charges of prostitution and one charge of running a house of ill fame. Her husband, Will Tracy, 51, was convicted on one charge of running a house of ill fame. Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Marion L.
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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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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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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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July 30, 1991
Mary Ellen Tracy, the Canyon Country woman who claimed to be the high priestess of an ancient religion that preached absolution of sins through sex, surrendered in court Monday to begin serving a one-year jail term for prostitution. Her husband, Will Tracy, 53, began serving a six-month jail term Monday after Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Barry Kohn last week denied the Tracys' request to stay their sentences while they appealed their convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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May 5, 1989
A Canyon Country husband and wife who say they operate a church in which sexual acts are part of the religious services have been charged with operating a house of prostitution, the Los Angeles city attorney's office reported Thursday. Will Tracy, 51, and Mary Ellen Tracy, 46, were charged Tuesday with the offense, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000, said Deputy City Atty. Alice Hand. Mary Ellen Tracy also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of prostitution.
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March 6, 1990
A federal judge on Monday refused for the third time to issue a court order barring police from investigating a Canyon Country couple who operate a sex church, which prosecutors say is a front for prostitution. U.S. District Judge William M. Byrne Jr. had twice refused to grant the court order requested by Will and Mary Ellen Tracy, the self-proclaimed high priest and priestess of the Church of the Most High Goddess.
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June 14, 1989
For the second time in four weeks, a judge refused Tuesday to drop prostitution charges against a Canyon Country couple who say they have reestablished an ancient religion that includes sex acts in its rituals. Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Marion O. Obera rejected a motion by Will and Mary Ellen Tracy, who said a Los Angeles police investigation into their Church of the Most High Goddess violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of separation of church and state. Last month, another judge refused to drop the misdemeanor charges after the Tracys argued that the First Amendment protected their religious activities.
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September 1, 1989
The leader of a church that uses sex as a ritual, accused of running a house of prostitution, likened himself in court Thursday to Jesus Christ and Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, who he said were persecuted because their beliefs contradicted established social practices. Will Tracy of Canyon Country told a jury in Los Angeles Municipal Court that he is on trial because his church is considered bizarre by modern society.
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September 9, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A Canyon Country woman and her husband were convicted of prostitution Friday by a jury that refused to believe that the woman's sex acts with hundreds of men were her legitimate duties as high priestess of an ancient Egyptian religion the couple say they practice. The Los Angeles Municipal Court jury deliberated for more than four days before finding Mary Ellen Tracy, 46, guilty of one charge of operating a house of prostitution and two charges of prostitution.
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May 2, 1993 | SCOTT HARRIS
Susan Waldrop was watching a TV movie the other night with her two kids, just curious to see what Linda Gray was up to these days. You remember Linda Gray. She's the actress who played J.R.'s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, in "Dallas." Anyway, she lives out in the Santa Clarita Valley--in Canyon Country, to be precise--and so do the Waldrops. She's an acquaintance and a neighbor of Susan's parents. "Why My Daughter?" came on at 9. By 9:15, Susan Waldrop wasn't happy at all.
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January 13, 1993 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ellen Tracy, who was convicted of prostitution for practicing a religion that preaches absolution through sex, has been told not to return to work as a volunteer docent at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall. The Canyon Country mother of eight said she was removed from the volunteer roster Dec. 17 after being told by park officials that publicity surrounding her work there was hurting the park and upsetting some of the parents of schoolchildren who had field trips scheduled.
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January 13, 1993
Mary Ellen Tracy, who was convicted of prostitution for practicing a religion that preaches absolution through sex, has been told not to return to work as a volunteer docent at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall. The Canyon Country mother of eight said she was removed from the volunteer roster on Dec. 17 after being told by park officials that publicity surrounding her work there was hurting the park and upsetting some of the parents of schoolchildren that had field trips scheduled.
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December 9, 1992 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ellen Tracy, who was convicted of prostitution for practicing what she says is an ancient religion that preaches absolution through sex, has traded in her red-sequined dress, fishnet hose and black, spiked heels for khaki pants and walking shoes. Tracy, who was released from jail about a year ago after serving five months of a one-year sentence, is working as a volunteer docent at the nature center in Placerita Canyon State and County Park in Newhall.
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July 30, 1991
Mary Ellen Tracy, the Canyon Country woman who claimed to be the high priestess of an ancient religion that preached absolution of sins through sex, surrendered in court Monday to begin serving a one-year jail term for prostitution. Her husband, Will Tracy, 53, began serving a six-month jail term Monday after Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Barry Kohn last week denied the Tracys' request to stay their sentences while they appealed their convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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July 24, 1991
Mary Ellen Tracy, the Canyon Country woman who claimed she was the high priestess of an ancient religion that mixed worship with sex, was ordered Tuesday to surrender to authorities next week to begin serving a one-year jail term for prostitution. Tracy and her husband, Will, had requested a continuance that would have allowed them to remain free on bail while they appealed their convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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November 15, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Canyon Country woman who claims to be the high priestess of an ancient Egyptian religion that worships by engaging in sex acts--which led to her conviction on prostitution charges two months ago--was arrested again Tuesday and accused of recruiting another woman to work in what police called a house of prostitution. Mary Ellen Tracy and her husband, Will Tracy, were arrested by Los Angeles police vice officers in a tiny, one-bedroom house in Silver Lake, the church's latest headquarters.
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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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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 4, 1990 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A church that claimed to absolve the sins of male worshipers through sexual intercourse with female priestesses is nothing more than a scam intended to hide the operation of a brothel, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Court 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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