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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Absent guru sentenced to 280 years

Prakashanand Saraswati, 82, received 14 years in prison per count and fines of $10,000 per count for a total of $200,000. It’s still unknown if the jail time will run concurrently, court officials say.

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Hindu guru found guilty on 20 counts of indecency with children

An influential Hindu guru was found guilty Friday evening by a Hays County jury on 20 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Prakashanand Saraswati, 82, was convicted of all charges by the jury of...

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Judge won’t suppress testimony in Hindu guru’s sex crime trial

Testimony of a woman who was allegedly molested as a teen by an internationally known Hays County Hindu leader will be admissible in court despite a missing video recording of an investigator's interview with the accuser, 22nd...