Sex Cult? Tulsa Police say finding more victims will make stronger case

Thursday, October 26th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa police say the next step in their sex cult investigation is finding more potential victims who are willing to tell their stories. Police say that finding more victims who will talk could make their case stronger against a man whom they say forced teenage victims to perform sex acts as part of their spiritual training.

Tuesday Tulsa Police detectives arrested 24-year-old Jermol Gentry on a complaint of lewd molestation of a minor. They say Gentry told them he is a religious and spiritual man who was preparing his followers to become leaders at the end of time. Detectives say Gentry required four things of his group. Physical development in the martial arts and wrestling, leadership ability in the form of strong interviewing and communication skills, and spiritual training using meditation. Then police say, members performed sex acts as a sign of their mutual trust.

The police also say the group's members believed they became divine once they graduated from Gentry's training. "They were part of an angel, not really an angel, but only part,” said Tulsa police detective Rod Russo. “Anytime they completed training, that happened."

Detectives say members who wanted to leave the group were intimidated, and threatened with harm if they told anyone about their activities. Jermol Gentry is in the Tulsa Jail. Bail has been set at $200,000.