A fifteen-year prison sentence was sought Thursday for former teacher Gabriel Lawson, the “sex-obsessed leader” who was tried in Lower Atlantic Criminal Court on charges of raping and abusing vulnerability.
The Public Prosecutor requested a fifteen-year criminal prison sentence combined with a partial confounding of ten years with a previous ruling on similar facts in 2017 by the Ile-et-Villains Criminal Appeals Court. Gabriel Lawson was arrested in 2011.
During his requests, the attorney general referred to the “desire of domination” of a “not crazy” man, for whom sex is an “obsession behind which his whole system hides.”
Four followers of the “University of Nature and Ecology of Relationship,” three women and a man, accuse its founder of sexual assault and rape, provoking blows and humiliation.
The 82-year-old, white-haired former teacher, who has appeared since Monday, denounced the “culture of lies,” explaining in a hoarse voice that he had only agreed to sex before.
When asked during the tongue-in hearing he was going to impose on one of the victims, Gabriel Lawson shrugged his shoulders. “I didn’t get off, it was to teach him how to do it. I didn’t enjoy it,” he says.
And about a former follower accusing him of inserting a finger into her vagina without her consent, he responds calmly: “There is no sexual nature in that.”
According to him, this “during-treatment” exploration that this woman would have agreed to, was supposed to cure her “breathing problems.”
– ‘Little Soldier’ -
Former comrade Gabriel Lawson, who was tried for complicity and acquitted during the first trial, this time on the civil court panel.
Julie Bachet, 48, explains that she was “brainwashed” and that she was a “sex slave” to Gabriel Lawson for five years.
“You’ve become a real little soldier,” Benn recalls crying.
A la barre, bras croisés dans le dos, elle raconte les mains de Gabriel Loison passées sous sa robe et sur sa poitrine dès son “initiation”, puis l'”emprise” d’un homme qui lui fait “acouper la le” association”.
With a trembling voice, she describes an extremely violent sodomy that could have “torn her apart.”
Sayings of “Judas has fallen” the defendants roared during his interrogation.
When the boss asked him if he used condoms during group sex and outings at swinger clubs, he replied, “For what?”
– “feather” –
The former teacher of Gardens of Life, listed as a denomination by the Parliamentary Committee on Denominations in 1995, Gabriel Lawson subsequently founded the University of Relationship Nature and Ecology, which as a research group trained the Masters of Health through various courses.
For his future followers, Gabriel Lawson gave a first audition session in Morocco. The “initiative” continued with a three-week stay in Costa Rica or Spain with a payment of €10,000. Then came a 72-day course on penance and group sex.
One of the complainants claims that during his stay he suffered from “punitive sodomy” perpetrated by his followers with sex toys but orchestrated by Gabriel Lawson.
“It was a whole process of seeing myself as a victim,” said the young man, looking down. “In those years, I probably had sex with people who felt coerced.”
When he joined The League at the age of 20, he explained that he felt “proud” to be part of the “little elite” which gave him the impression that he was “on the good side, as in The Lord of the Rings”.
The young man took out “five or six loans” in five years to finance lessons and accommodation. “Lawson pulled people out, it was an abyss.”
A verdict is expected on Thursday evening.