Hindu guru on trial for groping

February 25, 2011 4:44:27 AM PST
A 30-year-old woman who says as a girl in Texas she was groped by a Hindu guru has testified his followers were devoted to the religious leader. She's one of two women alleging Prakashanand Saraswati sexually abused her when she and her family lived at the ashram in Hays County.

The woman testified Thursday in the San Marcos trial of the 82-year-old spiritual leader charged with 20 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the woman described being "100 percent devoted at the time," but still "it just felt so wrong." The woman also says she told her mother what was happening, but the abuse continued.

Attorneys for the guru, known as Shree Swamiji, say their evidence will show the accusers are not credible.

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