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Prakashanand Saraswati

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

With guru on the lam, ashram changes name

A Hays County-based Hindu ashram has changed its name while their beloved guru remains a wanted fugitive, officials say.

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...

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hindu guru’s sexual abuse trial enters second week

Almost three years following his indictment, Hindu guru Prakashanand Saraswati is now in court facing 20 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact that allegedly took place at a Hays County ashram in the mid-1990s....

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...

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Hindu leader awaiting trial still barred from Driftwood headquarters, court rules

A state appeals court today rejected Hindu leader Prakashanand Saraswati's request to return to the Hays County headquarters of his spiritual movement while awaiting trial on indecency with a child charges.

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Hays County Hindu leader arrested on 20 indecency with a minor charges

The founder of a Hays County Hindu temple is federal custody near Washington today after being arrested on 20 counts of indecency with a child.