Addiction guru faces seven years in jail for sexual abuse

Addiction guru Keith Bakker should be jailed for seven years for sexually abusing a number of clients, the public prosecution department said on Monday.


Bakker, a former addict, set up a successful anti-addiction clinic but his empire collapsed after complaints of sexual abuse began to surface at the end of 2010.
Bakker, who has been in custody since April 2011, is charged with abusing a number of women and girls, including two 15-year-olds. The prosecution department says Bakker abused his position as a therapist and took advantage of vulnerable patients.
After first denying the charges, Bakker has since admitted some of them. The verdict is due on April 20.

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