20-Aug-87 09:49 MST
Sb: APmn 08/20 1154 Lecturer's Plea
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Charles Hurtado Silva, a self-professed guide for
actress Shirley MacLaine's out-of-body experiences, has pleaded guilty to
criminal sexual conduct involving two female patients.
Hurtado Silva, 43, a lecturer on out-of-body experiences and psychic
healing, entered the plea Wednesday to two counts of fourth-degree criminal
sexual conduct. Another criminal sexual conduct charge in a similar case in
Madison, Wis., was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea in the Minneapolis
Hennepin County District Judge Jonathan Lebedoff placed Hurtado Silva on
three years' probation.
A citizen of Peru, Hurtado Silva now faces possible federal action. Hennepin
County prosecutors informed the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of
Silva's conviction Wednesday and urged that deportation proceedings be brought
Hurtado Silva was accused of deceiving the two women into believing they
were receiving therapy when he tried to have sex with them. He has been in the
Hennepin County jail since late April, when he was arrested at a workshop he
was conducting in Minneapolis on miracles and prophecies.
Hurtado Silva claims he was actress MacLaine's confidante and guide on a
trip to Peru, which MacLaine described in her book, "Out on a Limb." In the
book, the confidante is called David.
A spokesman for MacLaine has said Silva was one of several people MacLaine
enountered and that the character, David, is a composite.
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