Leicester ‘guru’ sexually abused teenagers

A self-proclaimed Hindu preacher from Leicester who sexually assaulted two young members of his congregation has pleaded guilty to the offences.

Rajani Mohanial, 76, of Silverdale Drive, Leicester, carried out the offences at his home and at a place of worship in the city.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a female, with each charge amounting to at least 10 assaults.

He pleaded guilty to two further counts of causing a female 13 years or over to engage in sexual activity.

The trial against Mohanial began yesterday (Monday 3 September) at Leicester Crown Court. However, on the second day of the trial the defendant entered into a guilty plea.

The court heard how Mohanial claimed he was a disciple of a Guru in India and following the leaders death he was given authority to continue with the teachings.

The victims in this case attended prayers at a place of worship in the Rushey Mead area of Leicester and at the defendant’s home address, where they were subjected to sexual assaults between 2008 and 2013.

Investigating officer, DC Shaheen Hovell said: “Mohanial abused his position of trust within the local community and had no regard for the effect his crimes would have on the victims.”

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“The victims have been extremely brave throughout the process, from the initial report all the way through to the court process. This was in no way easy for them; the defendant was well-known in their local community and speaking out about these offences was extremely difficult for them.”

Mohanial will be sentenced on Friday 14 September and the judge ordered that Mohanial be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.