Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Man Convicted of Hurting Boy with Autism During Exorcism
By the Associated Press
A man who says he tried to cast demons from a 14-year-old autistic boy from southern Indiana has been convicted on charges that he injured the teen during the exorcism.
A Monroe County jury on Tuesday found 24-year-old Eddie Uyesugi guilty of felony charges of battery and criminal confinement.
Uyesugi testified during his trial that he genuinely was trying to help the Bloomington boy and punched him in the face and chest to restrain him during the 2007 ceremony.
He was a minister in training at Cherry Hill Christian Center in Bloomington, but its pastors testified that Uyesugi's actions were inappropriate. Testimony showed the boy's grandmother sought the exorcism for the teen, who sustained bruises and two black eyes.
Uyesugi faces prison terms of two to eight years on each count.
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