Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A man identified as a holistic therapist has been convicted of sexually assaulting a patient and sentenced to 12 years in prison by a jury and will have to register as a sex offender.
Ndobe Kang, who is from Cameroon, will take credit for the more than 400 days he actually spent behind bars in the 2017 charge.
Kang practices Reiki energy therapy, which uses gentle touch to relieve anxiety and stress. Attorney General Seppi Zimmer said he treated patients at his home.
According to his lawyer, Emin Obas, Kang is well known in the United States and Africa for his practices.
Zimmer said that in 2017, Kang told a victim, Tara Vigil, that she had a fortune teller on her and that he could get rid of her.
Vigil went home and fully dressed his bed. He would play soft music while he rocked the balls over her for 20 minutes. Kang then reportedly started touching her inappropriately. Kang tells Vigil that she has demons and that he needs to have sex with her to get rid of them.
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According to the prosecutor, Kang forced himself on the woman, who was 19 years old at the time.
Vigil said she feels confident there are other victims.
“This guy knew what he was doing,” Vigil said. “Based on what we witnessed in the courtroom and other testimony, this is something he was doing.”
She hopes her story will encourage others to come forward.
A jury convicted Kang of that charge on Wednesday.
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“He’s someone who certainly won’t take responsibility for what he’s doing,” Zimmer said. “He thinks the jury messed up. He thinks he didn’t sexually assault her. He thinks he was treating her.”
The jury could have chosen to award Kang probation or up to 20 years in prison.
“He’s not happy,” said Opas. “He allowed people to come to him to render services to humanity. Even if he was convicted, he should have been given community service.”
Obas argued that Kang should be monitored because he needed to use his knowledge and experience to treat people.
Witnesses said he could treat patients without touching them if he was under observation.
During Thursday’s sentencing stage, Vigil testified, as did Kang’s ex-girlfriend.
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Nearly five years after the sexual assault charge, Kang was charged with aggravated assault of a family member. Zimmer said Kang chased the woman, who was nine months pregnant at the time, with a butcher knife.
Jurors were shown a video taken by the woman during the alleged attack.
Months later, in 2022, Kang is also accused of another sexual assault.
Both cases are under consideration.
The case took years to reach trial due to Hurricane Harvey and the pandemic. Since the accusation, Zimmer said, Kang has fled, and his bond was annulled when he was found.
Kang is also involved in a civil lawsuit with his business partner at Limitless Wellness Group.
It alleged in the lawsuit that he took money for personal use and took cars from the company.