John Purnell’s testimony on sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

The following e-mail asking for a response from Gerald Moreno was posted on his site’s guestbook:-

From: John Purnell (June 9th 2006 – 01:50:54)
IP: (
Subject: (Guestbook Submission)
To: Guestbook

I would love a response from you to my question……I was a devotee for 7 years and had many private interviews with sai baba….. in the last couple he tried to masterbate me vigorously with oil, then please explain as to why he showed me clearly his erect penis and why the hell did he try to shove it in my mouth complaining that I no longer LOVE him ??? Not to mention forcing me onto the ground of the private interview room and telling me he is God and that all is ok, Trying to shove his erection into my anus ??? Of course I was shattered after all this even to the point of suicide, like many of his REAL VICTIMS I thought he was God…Miracles….. just watch his hands at all times then you will see it is so obvious. My story is the TRUTH that you devotees always claim is paramount…..I am not the only victim hundreds upon hundreds are now telling the TRUTH…..If you can explain why God would want me to perform oral sex on him and WHY the hell God would want to penetrate my anus then PLEASE do email me with your response….I am waiting !!!!!! Look sadly the truth is Baba is a great scam like Rajneesh and ALL Indian God men ….. Look deep beyond the SHOW exterior and all you see is rotten to the core.

LONG LIVE TRUTH because TRUTH will never fail in the end…..My dear dear devotees I know the pain that is in store for you…….be prepared as Baba will fall off his throne oneday and sadly you will be shattered by the TRUTH. You ARE in my prayers.

John Purnell

It is evident from the responses that John Purnell – himself clearly trusting, friendly, open and guileless – was originally unaware that Gerald Moreno is a person in deep denial with a vicious attack agenda against every single Sai Baba dissident, which he pursues fanatically on a huge scale across the Internet. Moreno replied with his apparently polite and friendly letter – this he does initially and hypocritically to everyone he already intends only to attack, libel and try to destroy character (there are dozens of examples). His plan is to obtain as much material from his ‘victim’ as possible so that it can be twisted and contrived to make the person seem to be an outright liar about almost  ANYTHING they write. This he has done constantly for years. Purnell continued to reply to Moreno’s critical questions based on meticulous trawling of the internet for any possible details he could find about to manipulate (typical of Moreno). He contrives to throw doubt on Purnell’s truthfulness, contriving a narrative about very suspicious statements, self-contradictions and lies. All typical Moreno treatment to any critic of Sathya Sai Baba who unwisely enters into any correspondence with him. One only has to look at the constant appearance of words like ‘lies’ and other vituperative and down-putting expressions in almost any attack of his on critics .

Moreno trots out his usual spiel about his supposed ‘researches’ (read, in his case ‘selective contrivances and denials’) always using plenty of bold emphasis, underlining and italics. All he claims supposedly shows that he is ‘rational’, while he tries to provoke Purnell by calling him “very angry”. Purnell has every right to be very angry, as he confirms later. This was only a preamble, however… his most crass and loutish accusations are not yet made, only implied. Meanwhile, keeping up a pretense of some amiability, Moreno opens one of his replies with “John, I see you are now maintaining a calmer and more civilized tone in your email. Thank you.” ‘Civilized tone’? – that is just what Moreno uses only as it suits his purpose – his own constant standard is indecorous and unseemly to put it most mildly!

There is nothing of substance in anything Moreno digs out that proves Purnell is basically dishonest, even though Purnell admits that he did tell one lie to try to flush out his opponent’s true aim and standpoint. Moreno has himself written numerous lies, as has been proven here. Another example is shown here. Rather he has been inconsistent and a bit sloppy with exact dates, details in statements and the like, as he explains adequately in the following reply to Moreno:-

John C. Purnell (June 16th 2006)

Subject: Re: regarding Sathya Sai Baba
To: Joe

dear joe

thanks again for your swift reply to my mails

what you say is quite correct in that it appears my story from the original of jan 03 to what i stated to you recently has seemingly been embellished and colored.
joe when i wrote back in 03 i simply was not telling the whole story for 2 good ( so i thought ) reasons…..

1. i was in a religious institute in formation and the whole details where beyond embarrasing for me esp in a catholic institute . remember i am a victim…..and i still have my life and my back to that time i much prefered to keep most things in the dark as i wanted to move on and lookout for my future as a catholic wanting to become a priest. now i am in a possition that i can speak freely of my life as a devotee and not feel shame and embarrasment as a victim.

2. as many victims of sexual abuse will tell you that to openly and publicly detail all aspects is extremely hard. i could have put a false name as many many many victims do, not just those of baba, but i thought slowly i will divulge my story as i get more beyond it and accepting of it. back then i had not been able to even admit to myself all the details, can you even imagine the pain ??? i did not want to think about all of it, i was hurt and yes angry and also joe i was, and still am, to a degree very scared, so what i did was to say that i will give a brief description about what had occured…….i could not and would not put in all details as i did for you …..and it is only in the last 12 months that i have been able to deal with the whole affair and try to get over it.

sure i am angry, as angry as hell that he gets away with all this. it is important to note joe that the statement without the full details was never a sworn statement i did not get an affidavit with it because i knew it was not 100% complete and i just could not give all the details. it is so hard to deal with sexual abuse especially when i was a young adult at the time i should have known better…….hence the disgust i had for myself and embarrasment if i had told all details before i was ready. there is more than this to my story joe and i will leave it till the day i face baba in the high court.

as i said to you joe that i dont want you to believe me…but this is where i now stand…. i did not mention to you that i had put my story to ex devotees…..which,yes, was a lie…..because i had no idea whether you were a baba stooge or not……. i know nothing about you or where you are or even your real name……and i dont believe all on the net so i lied because i wanted to check who you are and what you believe, not to mention i am concerned about my life since the student killings in 93…….maybe that is a bit dramatic of me but i have to watch my back.

but joe according to my statemant in 03 it is true but lacking all the detail as i said back then i couldnt mention things like that. if you still dont beleive me and if you find my story false that is fine i hold no grudge. i do apologise to you for not filling you in on the details but i have no idea who you are or where you stand and a cult whether it be baba, rajneesh, or david koresh ,is still dangerous to those who flee.

so i hope that answers your doubts a little i dont see my story as changing or contradictory from 03 to today all i see is the addition of more detail….not exageration or embellishment. however you are right !!!!! i should not have posted the original testimony incomplete…that was done in haste…..hence no affidavit for it….and i can see how someone from outside would read my 03 statement and the one i told you and could also unknowingly jump to the conclusion that it is fake and changing….i apologise for this but hope you understand my reasons for this that i have explained.

as i said joe whatever you think is fine by me, i just want you to continue being skeptical and continue to search for the TRUTH.
regards john

John Purnell is so basically honest that he admits to a strategic lie! Moreno never admits to anything negative about himself, though he has been caught out lying time and again. In his typical acerbic and antipathetic reply to Purnell he even began with an outright untruth:

Your fears for your safety are unfounded. There are many vocal Anti-Sai Activists and alleged victims (who have publicly spoken out against Sathya Sai Baba for many years) and not even one of them has ever come to any harm.

When you tell me that I should continue my search for the “truth”, this is hypocritical considering the fact that you just made a full admission that you lied to me about not speaking to Anti-Sai Activists when, in fact, you did. You did not need to lie about this information. Even if you told the truth, I fail to see what harm it would have done. Strange enough, you attempted to justify your lie by claiming that you are afraid for your life and you were trying to check who I was and what I believe! You are so concerned about your life that you attempted to make a public submission on my guestbook using your real name and real email! How believable is that? It is wholly unbelievable.

Moreno overlooks the fact that it is proven beyond the slightest doubt that four devotees were executed by police after having attempted to put their case to Sathya Sai Baba in his bedroom, from which he fled when they arrived. As Moreno is aware, numerous dissidents have received death threats from devotees, including Conny Larsson, Premanand, Lionel Fernandez, Barry Pittard and myself among others. (Pittard reported to Interpol, I to the Norwegian police). Besides, Basava Premanand was repeatedly burgled as the BBC have reported – and his DVDs compromising photos and documents on Sai Baba were eventually stolen by burglars. His brother was threatened by Sai goondas (thugs) wanting to take from the house all the copies of my exposure book ‘End of the Dream’ which Premanand had published. Besides, Premanand’s son – his researcher, printing expert and support in all his endeavours – was, according to Premanand, murdered in a Bangalore hospital. As with numerous other murders and disappearances at the ashrams, nothing could be brought before the law due to the vast influence of Sathya Sai Baba on the judiciary, not least through Bhagwati – the famous original Supreme Court judge, who has a seat on Sai Baba’s Central Trust.

Then Moreno continues his predictable harangue about lies, untrustworthiness etc. – as he uses against most of the alleging victims of sexual abuse by Sai Baba. As to ‘wholly unbelievable’ : Moreno purposefully overlooks the obvious fact that Purnell had decided to use his full name only after having been unwilling earlier when he still felt insecure. One may ask why he continues this massive confrontation so assiduously while admitting publicly and also to Purnell that he is not even a Sathya Sai devotee? What psychology or other influence is at work… may readers come to their own conclusions. One should take into account the fact that Moreno is in denial that he was molested unlawfully by Sathya Sai Baba, despite his own account of the ‘lower stomach oiling’ proceedings. This is an important basis for Moreno’s overall denial of all negative facts concerning Sai Baba – see overview of articles on sex abuse of Moreno here.

The mail exchange continues, and Purnell gives a full, open and honest account of himself in reply to all Moreno’s increasingly invasive accusations and web-stalking of his contacts and relations. Those who care to read more will be convinced of the total disingenuously of Gerald Moreno and the solidity of John Purnell’s explanations. Moreno’s final conclusions are dim-witted to a degree.

  • John Purnell lied about and embellished his alleged encounters with Sathya Sai Baba.
  • John Purnell lied to me about not releasing his story to Ex-Devotees (when in fact, he did release his story to Ex-Devotees). John Purnell said he withheld this trivial information (about not releasing his story to Ex-Devotees) because he feared for his life (although he apparently did not fear for his life while relating criminal, sexual abuse allegations!).
  • John Purnell lied about currently being in contact with “international lawyers” when formerly he said lawyers advised him there was nothing he could do outside India.

Moreno wants to emphasize that Purnell lied as strongly as possible. But it was a bagatelle, really. Purnell did have reasons to fear for his security – almost all who spoke out against Sathya Sai Baba had to be brave, and some (including myself) wrote under a pen name until we were able to establish our own security (especially by never again visiting India). I was informed early on that Purnell did contact international lawyers, though it is a fact that they could not proceed with any litigation against Sai Baba as this has to take place in India, where his government and judicial worshippers have full control over the process. However, they were able to advise Purnell in case he was attacked by Sathya Sai leaders in Australia, as Barry Pittard was threatened repeatedly there.

See full exchange of mails between Purnell and Moreno here

Sathya Sai Baba’s chief defender on the Internet – Gerald Joe Moreno

Gerald Joe Moreno (Aliases joe108. SSS108, GM108, JM 108. EQUALIZER,

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Love, light & spirituality

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Gross fraudulence: Gerald Moreno tries to ridicule Robert Priddy

Gerald Moreno’s distortion of facts in his ego-driven war

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Moreno’s most serious defamation attempt defeated

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Independent assessment of Moreno_slander_against_Robert_Priddy

Concerning alleged anti-Sai Baba deceptions

Moreno’s wilful Google-manipulatory disinformation

The Gerald Joe Moreno dossier – part 1

The Gerald Moreno dossier – part 2

Gerald Moreno: straw man fallacy re Conny Larsson, Sanjay Dadlani etc.

Gerald Moreno’s false claim about porn site postings

Gerald Moreno: absurd screen cap fraud claims contra Priddy

Moreno’s wilful deceptions about LSD and Robert Priddy

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No ‘smear campaign’ against Sathya Sai Baba

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Author admits genital oiling by Sathya Sai Baba

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Moreno’s ceaseless attacks on Individuals and Institutions critical of Sai Baba

Moreno’s wildest attack on Priddy?

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Moreno major distortion of Basava Premanand’s Declaration

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Moreno’s major distortion of Basava Premanand’s Declaration

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Moreno and “copyright blathering”

Moreno’s major lie about linking to exposé websites

Moreno’s fundamentalist Christian slur campaign

Moreno’s ‘senile dementia’ slurs & irrationality

Gerald Joe Moreno – untruth and lies

Robert Priddy’s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno

Gerald Moreno’s personal details removed from

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”

Moreno as “sathyasaibaba” with smear campaign

Joe Moreno’s schoolyard tit-for-tat attacks

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Gerald Moreno backs lying saboteur M. K. Yachendra

Moreno admits he is a web impostor

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Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

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Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

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Sathya Sai Baba news for May 2010

See some of the highly conflicting reports vs. evidence on Sathya Sai Baba followers and visitor numbers
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Guru claims Sai Baba paid $1 million to retrieve pictures
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Yaani Drucker’s hypocrisy about academic qualifications & enlightenment
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The Secret Swami summary by Robert Priddy – video clips
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Gerald Moreno: absurd screencap fraud claims contra Priddy
Moreno has lost it completely again, trying to make something fraudulent out of innocent and screencaps made from caches rather than the first version. This hair-splitter is exceeding his own crazy limits all the time!

Moreno’s wilful deceptions about LSD and Robert Priddy
Plugging his untruthful statements and trying to smear Priddy as endorsing LSD-25, which he explicitly warns against Moreno drags up again and again Priddy’s experiments with LSD right back in the 1960s with tablets provided by the Norwegian Ministry of health for that purpose.

Westerners desert Sai Baba’s ashrams, says recent visitor Recent visitor to Sathya Sai Baba’s Prashanthi Nilayam reports how unwelcome Westerners now are there, and how it has declined into a dirty and discriminatory place where the foreign flat-owners who sacrificed all to live there are trapped and harassed, unable to sell their flats and subject to new laws which limit their stay.

News about Gerald Moreno and his

The inset entry below was copied from a Google search on on 31 March 2009. How it occurred is anyone’s guess, but interestingly the sub-entry has been altered already. Gerald Moreno already poses under the title ‘sathyasaibaba’ on his wordpress blog, where he writes not a word to help the unware surfer know that his blog is not the work of that self-proclaimed God.  Previously he has claimed that all his on-line depredations were entirely independent of the Sathya Sai Organization – but Google picked up that his website (very aptly named as it is all fictional propaganda and deception) is the Official SSO website. Wonder how THAT happened?

Sai Vishvarupa – Directory to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

… Official International Sathya Sai Organization Website: | Sathya Sai Baba | Contact. Copyright © 2003-2005 All rights reserved. – 41k – CachedSimilar pages

The website promotes various persons, including the criminal Swami Premananda condemned by the High Court to two life sentences for murder and rape – as vishvarupa, which means incarnations of God). was started by Gerald Joe Moreno – earliest known entry being October 5, 2003. (see*/ .One may note that he has carefully got removed (or avoided archiving) the pages in the period where he had his own photograph plus extensive account of his first knowledge of – and visit to – Sathya Sai Baba, including where he was “oiled in privacy on the lower stomach by Sathya Sai Baba”. He evidently wants no one to see what he looks like – he may be recognised by Sai devotees as the famous hate merchant who cringes away behind his massive smear-and-denial output! At the same time he rails against many critics of Sathya Sai Baba for not putting up more images of themselves! (He enjoys posting images of the people he hates so much which he distorts in as vulgar manner as he can). All his pages were downloaded and filed for future reference, however, including his contrived pages against the International Sai petition and the extensive abuse against many critics which he also had for some years on the same website, but removed to his main libel site,

This should inspire Mr. Moreno to at least a couple more madly entertaining abuse blogs against me.
Robert Priddy

Note that Moreno has gradually removed part after part from his original version of This is damage limitation whereby he moves things about so they are less easily found. He has never retracted his outright support for Swami Premananda on, even though the Swami’s High Court appeal failed and he was condemned to a double life sentence for rape and murder. The corruption among police and jaliers, however, does allow him – with his stored away riches – to bribe his way to have visitors etc.

Moreno also removed his personal account and details (see here)

See also:- List of some of Moreno’s postings against Sathya Sai Critics
Moreno: Hate and Dark with Unspirituality

Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

Sathya Sai Baba – latest uncensored revelations

Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas – part one

Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas  – part two

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Failed Moon Miracle Under Heavy Cloud The absurd even when Sai Baba instructed his servitors that he would appear on the face of the moon, and chaos ensued without any appearance!

Why Do Prominent Sathya Sai Baba Sect Critics Persist? On the need for fearless, articulate questioning of a worldwide sect. without any standards of accountability and transparency.

Sathya Sai Baba and the Dalai Lama A comparison as regards spirituality, fearlessness and openness

Sathya Sai Baba ashrams in decline

UK Minister Tony McNulty Finished? Indian Guru Sai Baba Link Should Be Probed

Sathya Sai Baba – insider report

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle

Sathya Sai Organization: World Communities Need To Treat This Sect Cautiously

Sathya Sai Baba prophesies his death

Sathya Sai Baba blames everything on others, nothing on himself

Dr. Naresh Bhatia’s exposure of Sathya Sai Baba

Dreams of Sathya Sai Baba – imaginary or real?

Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno’s Photo Attack On Robert Priddy

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Sathya Sai Baba up-dates

Explaining the influence of Sathya Sai Baba Some people ask why anyone every believes in Sathya Sai Baba, calling him a 3rd rate trickster and quite evidently a bogus guru because of his claim to create objects. The matter is not as simple as that – he has collected a vast amount of money and considerable number of followers, which requires some explanation.

Robert Priddy’s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno Attacked by Moreno for years, alongside many others who were once considered, and happily, a part of what Sai devotees call ‘the Sai family’. Priddy’s words are torn from their contexts, interpreted on the basis of false assumptions and many other such tricks in rabble-rousing

Apartments in Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan Donors of large sums for the right to use an apartment at the Prashanthi Nilayam (Puttaparthi) and the Brindavan (Whitefield) ashrams cannot become legal or de facto owners. Donors once used to become ‘owners’ – but only in name, not in reality.

Sathya Sai Baba on going slowly blind from “sensual pleasures” This supposed “universal world teacher” is a propagator of puritan howlers… that his students are taught such entirely fanciful things masquerading as “wisdom” is a travesty of truth and common sense.

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno Sathya Sai Baba’s left-hand man – head of Radio Sai and member of the ruling Prashanthi Council, has attacked me on entirely false grounds, colluding with Joe Moreno, who promotes him and his web postings on his infamous blog ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Love, Light & Spirituality’ which contains more and more of the entire opposite to what its title implies (see in text box lower down here)

Joe Moreno’s ‘Hate-Dark & Unspirituality’ blog


Joe Moreno admits he is a web impostor

More personal attacks by Gerald Joe Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Sathyasaibaba in the shadows

Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno Sathya Sai Baba’s left-hand man – head of Radio Sai and member of the ruling Prashanthi Council, has attacked me on entirely false grounds, colluding with Joe Moreno, who promotes him and his web postings on his infamous blog ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Love, Light & Spirituality’ which contains more and more of the entire opposite to what its title implies
Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?

sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies

sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’

Cultic Labeling of Dissenters As “Disgruntled”. Sathya Sai Baba Case

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA