Operation Goddess Temple: Six More Suspects in Custody
As of this afternoon, six more people sought by police after the September 7 raid on Phoenix Goddess Temple are in custody.
The temple, where practitioners claim to provide spiritual healing sessions for monetary "donations," was raided on suspicion of prostitution after a six-month long undercover investigation by the Phoenix Police Department's vice squad.
Eighteen people, including "Temple Mother" Tracy Elise, were arrested and charged with various offenses, including controlling an illegal enterprise and prostitution.
Thirty-three indictments total were brought down, and authorities said last week that more arrests and charges would follow.
Last week, two more suspects were arrested and indicted: 28-year-old Rachel Laird, and 52-year-old Darlene Whelihan.
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