A former security guard who led a cult from a cul-de-sac in a Welsh seaside town was told he might spend life in jail for committing a series of sex attacks on boys and girls.
Colin Batley of Kidwelly, west Wales, presided over a quasi-religious sex cult that preyed on vulnerable youngsters, forced women into prostitution and indulged in occult rites.
Batley was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a recommendation that he spend at least 11 years in jail. Sentencing him at Swansea crown court, Judge Paul Thomas QC told him: "You may never be released."
The judge said Batley, 48, had "besmirched the unsuspecting town of Kidwelly" after moving there from London.
"You formed a community within a community, you were described as evil. That, in my view, is an entirely accurate statement of your character.
"It is likely that you have dedicated your life since you were 12 years old to satisfying your sexual urges by whatever means at your disposal."
Jacqueline Marling, 42 -- described as "Batley's right-hand woman" -- was jailed for 12 years for her part in the group's crimes.
The cult leader's estranged wife, Elaine Batley, 47, was jailed for eight years. And Shelly Millar, 35 -- described during the trial as Batley's sex slave -- was jailed for five years.
The cult is said to have been inspired by Aleister Crowley, the late mystic and magician nicknamed the Great Beast who in 1904 published a text called the Book of the Law extolling permissive sex.