NITHYANANDA ACCUSER CONVICTED FOR CHILD ABUSE IN USA
Seattle-Washington, 23 September: Vinay Bharadwaj, the individual who had falsely accused Hindu spiritual teacher Paramahamsa Nithyananda of sexual abuse, has been himself convicted by a U.S. court on multiple counts of child molestation. The King County Superior Court of Washington, in the criminal case of State of Washington versus Vinay K. Bharadwaj, has sentenced Bharadwaj to 57 months (4 years & 9 months) in prison, followed by immediate deportation from the USA. Bharadwaj's appeal for a fresh trial was denied by the court.
It may be recalled that the 38-year-old US resident had approached the CID of Police of Karnataka state in December 2011 with false sexual abuse allegations against Paramahamsa Nithyananda. However, no charges were framed against Nithyananda, as Bharadwaj failed to provide any proof of his allegations.
On 14 August 2012, the court found Vinay Bharadwaj guilty on 3 separate felony counts of child molestation and a fourth count of communicating with a child for immoral purposes. Child molestation is considered among the most serious crimes in the U.S., and Bharadwaj was immediately taken into custody without bail.