Phoenix 'sex church' leader found guilty

Posted at 4:44 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 19:48:13-05

The leader of the Phoenix Goddess Temple that offered spiritual and touch-based healing services in exchange for donations has been convicted of operating a house of prostitution.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury found Tracy Elise guilty Wednesday on all 22 counts including 12 of money laundering.

She also was convicted of six counts of pandering and one count each of conspiracy to commit illegal control of an enterprise, illegal control of an enterprise, prostitution and operating a house of prostitution.

Elise is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8.

Phoenix police raided the Goddess Temple in 2011 after a grand jury indictment.

Elise represented herself in the case. In closing arguments, she said her religious practices weren't being recognized by the state and her freedom was being infringed upon.