A church youth group leader who allegedly blackmailed at least 240 women into being his slaves, forcing some of them to have sex with strangers and animals, has been arrested in southeastern Brazil.
Roney Schelb worked as a sales representative and as well as volunteering at a church in Muriaé, a city in the state of Minas Gerais.
The Minais Gerais Civil Police said the 32-year-old abused the women during a four-year period across 11 states.
Lead investigator Magno Machado Nogueira said Schelb came into contact with his victims by creating several fake social media and WhatsApp profiles, and offered to pay them between $970 to $2,400 for intimate videos and pictures.
But Schelb allegedly provided them with fake bank wire transfer receipts, and after receiving the nude images, he blackmailed the women by threatening to reveal the footage to their friends and family members.
Schelb’s alleged victims included eight minors, as well as teenage girls and young and middle-aged women.
Police spent nearly a month investigating Schelb after a woman came forward and filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime Police Station.
Schelb has denied the accusations.
‘When you talk about rape, you imagine acts of violence or something. I never did any of that, I’m innocent,’ he said.