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Hills Cult Leader To Face Fate In February

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Former Adelaide Hills cult leader James Salerno will find out his fate next year.

The 71 year old is facing sexual assault charges brought against him by a former cult member who was just 13 when she claims the abuse started.

The victim says she was trained to bathe and massage Salerno who the cult members referred to as Taipan. They lived together in a mansion in Aldgate, the court hearing the members were forced into roles depending on their emotional standing, with some forced into a role as servant, having to salute those higher up the ranking.

The court will hand down a verdict in February 2019.