Authorities say a Staten Island man was arrested earlier this week for rubbing raw meat all over a 15-year-old girl's body to exorcise "evil spirits."
Rafael Paulino, 42, was arrested at a New Brighton apartment on Wednesday. Paulino reportedly told one of the girl's relatives that a malicious spirit was making the girl depressed, so he had to perform a "spiritual cleansing" process that cost $122. It involved the girl standing in a bathtub, cutting her clothes off and rubbing raw meat on her private areas, all while he kissed and touched her in a "sexual nature."
As if that isn't disturbing or infuriating enough, here's the statement he offered to police:
The spiritual cleansings are to get rid of the evil spirits and to make the body clean and pure... I don't wear gloves. The purpose of the meat is to act as a barrier... The meat takes all the evil spirits from the body, and then I discard the meat in either the cemetery, the garbage, or in the corner.
Paulino was charged with sexual abuse, multiple counts of sexual abuse and forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and fortune telling.