Transsexual Says Gypsy Psychic Got Him to Spend $150,000

"She said that I had some kind of bad energy around me and was profoundly concerned for my well-being," said Druella, who told her about the "heinous abuse" he said he had suffered as a child.

Druella said a relative had performed satanic rituals on him before the age of 5. Experts define ritual abuse as any psychological, physical or sexual assault on an unwilling victim committed by cultists or in the name of religion.

"She hit the jackpot when she knew my history," he said. "I just went for it lock, stock and barrel."

Druella said Stevens told him that she had "special connections" to the Vatican.

"She called it an exorcism and said she needed a tabernacle," he said. "After she used it, she would return it and I would be fully refunded. She was lying and I believed it."

Druella, who has an associate's degree from Portland Community College and has worked for 10 years with the same company, said he had always "lived simply" and had "impeccable" credit.

But at her urging, he said, he bought an H-3T Hummer for $45,940 so they could go to a remote area and do spiritual work.

Druella said he also agreed to buy four Rolex watches, totaling $37,840 so Stevens could use the "special components" to save his life.

He also handed over journals from his previous advisor, giving the psychic even more material to take advantage of his "belief system," Druella said.

But Stevens, who could not be reached by, contends Druella was an eager investor in her spiritual operation and even brought in his own clients, according to her lawyer.

After her arrest on Jan. 25, she hired John W. Neidig, a lawyer who has defended numerous cases of religious freedom to "defend her against potential charges."

Just last year, Neidig defended Raylene Worthington, the Oregon City mother who was charged in the death of her 15-month-old daughter Ava, who had a treatable medical condition.

She and her husband Carl, who belonged to the Followers of Christ Church, which preaches that members should turn to prayer, not doctors, in times of illness, were acquitted of manslaughter in the case, though Carl Worthington was convicted of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment.

Stevens is a member of the Spiritual Psychic Science Church of Truth, based in Azuza, Calif., and moved to Portland one year ago, Neidig said.

"This is an established church and established religion and our Oregon constitution is pretty darn clear and very protective of people's right to worship according to their dictates," he said.

Neidig said the tabernacle, like the rest of the expensive purchases, was Druella's idea.

"He actually wanted to go into business with my client," Neidig said. "He wanted it to be a class act. He wanted all these video players with flat screen TVs for counseling people at their spiritual center. He was seeing his own clients and doing fortune telling."

Neidig said Druella had frequent emotional flare-ups when his female alter ego, "Rachel," emerged.

"When he went off hormones and got real wiggy, and Rachel would surface," he said.

Druella bought the Rolex watches for his mother and sister and asked Stevens to keep them safe at her shop, according to Neidig.

As for the Hummer, it was for Druella's personal use, though Stevens had borrowed it once, he said. "It's orange because it was Rachel's favorite color," Neidig said.

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