Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail Thu Oct 19 10:02:55 1995 Path: braintree!!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: COPS PROBE SCIENTOLOGY OFFICIAL (Tampa Tribune Oct. 19, 1995) Young woman says church guard followed her, said he would kill her. by Cheryl Waldrip Tribune Staff Writer Date: 19 Oct 1995 17:10:25 +0100 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 63 Sender: Message-ID: <465t9h$> NNTP-Posting-Host: XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to <postmaster@REPLAY.COM> COPS PROBE SCIENTOLOGY OFFICIAL (Tampa Tribune Oct. 19, 1995) Young woman says church guard followed her, said he would kill her by Cheryl Waldrip Tribune Staff Writer CLEARWATER - A young Mexican woman came to town thinking she would receive free classes if she joined Church of Scientology staff. But last month she told police a tale of deception, overwork and verbal abuse after fleeing a Scientology security guard who threatened to kill her for breaking her "billion year contract." Police interviewed the guard, Bill Johnson, whom they identified as the head of security for the church's service organization. "He said that at one point he did say something to her about killing her if she did not leave the country," Detective Tom Miller said in his report. The State Attorney's Office is reviewing whether to file charges in the Sept. 28 incident. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, which issues visas, also is investigating. Johnson's lawyer, Paul Johnson of Tampa, who also represents the church, said his client never chased 22-year-old Naxielly Sofia Perez-Morales. When he told her he would kill her, "it was an expression; it was not a threat," Paul Johnson said. Police said the guard told them he followed Perez to tell her she owed the church money for breaking her contract and that she was violating her visa. "He said he was upset and began calling her obscenities," Miller write. Perez could not be located for comment.] According to police, Perez got into Scientology through a Dianetics course in Mexico. Police said Perez gave the following account of her encounters with the church: She was promised free classes for joining the church's staff. Instead she was put to work remodeling the former Clearwater Bank building into Scientology offices, where she injured herself. The report does not specify how. She told police she was repeatedly ridiculed for not working fast enough, and, though she worked form 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. as a maid at the Fort Harrison Hotel -- the church's headquarters -- she was often asked to work more. After an unrelated medical "attack," Perez left the church and lived with a Scientology friend. On Sept. 28, the friend wanted to show Fort Harrison to another friend and brought Perez to watch their children. Perez said she was spotted by her former supervisor, who called security. The guard, bill Johnson, began yelling about her owing money for courses and escorted her outside. He followed her down the street, calling her vulgar names. "You're a suppressive," he said, "you denigrated the church, we're going to kill you! You will be dead!" Frightened and crying, she ducked into the Clearwater Martial Arts Academy. The guard attempted to follow her inside, but the business owner stopped him. Brian Anderson of the church's legal affairs office issued a written statement Wednesday night in response to questions from the Tampa Tribune. His answers did not address Perez' allegations. The statement said Perez left the church in June after three months. Her "religious worker" visa expired in August and she was advised to return to Mexico. --30--


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