When most of us think of the church of Scientology, Tom Cruise and mystery are probably the first things that enter our mind. However, following a recent Tennessee police investigation, we may soon associate the church with kidnapping and disturbing cleansing practices instead.
According to the Cannon Courier, the Cannon County police department went to investigate a number of Scientology owned rehabilitation facilities in Cannon County, Tennessee. When they arrived on the scene, they were met with a double-wide trailer and a series of tiny cabins surrounding it.
“We proceeded up the hill through a gated, makeshift paddock that is secured externally with a steel latch.” The officers reported the individual who called them was looking out through a Plexiglas window.
“He is locked inside the cabin with no way to remove himself from the building. The caretaker unlocks the door and lets us enter the cabin.
“The cabin is bare there is a small pile of sheets in the corner, there is no obvious amenity for life, ” the officers reported.
When they began speaking to a man being held there, he explained to the officers that he had been held there for nine months and had been mistreated and held against his will. Officers then visited the double-wide trailer where supposed caretaker Dennis Fiamond explained to the officers that the facilities manager was in Los Angeles taking courses.
The man also explained to officers that he had during his captivity, he had been fed unknown medications and was told that he must stay there in order to be cleansed through Scientology.
The man, and a woman who was later found as the police officers investigated the remaining cabins were both rushed to the hospital. The owner of the facility, Marc Vallieres was then arrested and charged with two counts of felony kidnapping.
“The workers there, the manager and other staff were Scientologists, there was a great deal of Scientology paraphernalia found throughout the facilities,” said Trevor Lynch, Assistant District Attorney.
“This facility was not capable for caring for the individuals it was taking in,” Lynch said.
Cannon County officers later announced that all facilities that were currently run by the Church of Scientology in Cannon County had been shut down. As it stands, no other kidnapping victims have been reported. According to various reports, the Church of Scientology has not yet commented on the incident.