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Judge Revokes Probation for Ted Patrick

A Superior Court judge Thursday revoked probation for cult deprogrammer Ted Patrick, who will surrender to authorities on Monday.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Lisa Guy-Schall said that Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund revoked Patrick’s probation after investigators from the district attorney’s office learned that a Texas woman paid him $4,000 in 1984 to deprogram her daughter.

When Ehrenfreund placed Patrick on five years probation in September, 1980, one condition was that Patrick not engage in deprogramming.

According to Guy-Schall, in June, 1984, Patrick flew to Lubbock and received $4,000 from LaVerne Edwards as a down payment for deprogramming her daughter, who belonged to a religious cult.

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Guy-Schall said that Patrick estimated the deprogramming would cost $10,000 and then returned to San Diego with the $4,000, leaving Edwards to come up with the rest of the money.

In December, 1984, Edwards decided against having her daughter deprogrammed and demanded the $4,000 back from Patrick, who only returned $800, Guy-Schall said.

A search of Patrick’s house also produced a video tape of another possible deprogramming incident conducted by Patrick in November, 1983, Guy-Schall said.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for May 24.

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