By Ernest Santo
Church youth group leader Roney Schelb was arrested in Belo Horizante, in the southeastern part of Brazil. for blackmailing over 240 women into being his slaves during a four-year period across 11 states in Brazil. During his arrest on October 11, 2019, the police discovered documents detailing all of his victims’ information as well as a laptop, tablet and sex costumes.
32-year-old Schelb worked as a sales representative and a volunteer at a church in the state of Minas Gerais. Lead investigator Magno Machado Nogueira said Schelb allegedly did despicable acts to the women after coming in contact with them through several fake social media and WhatsApp accounts. He offered to pay them between $970 to $2,400 for intimate videos and pictures and provided them with fake bank wire transfer receipts. After receiving nude pictures from the women, he allegedly blackmailed them to send more images and videos or he would reveal their footage to their friends and family members. His victims included eight minors, as well as teenage girls, young and middle-aged women.
He coerced some of his victims to meet in person then raped and forced them to have sex with other men or animals and send him video footage.
Police added he also forced some of his victims to sign sex contracts that allowed him to do whatever he wanted to them whenever – similar to one found in the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The contracts also stated he could hit the women as hard as he pleased.
Schelb’s investigation by the Police started when a woman came forward and filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime Police Station a month earlier. Investigators are still going through a log of at least 1,600 contacts he made with the women over the phone. Schelb has denied the accusations saying: ‘When you talk about rape, you imagine acts of violence or something. I never did any of that, I’m innocent,’ he said.
One victim said Schelb knew of the place of her employment and her employer, as well as her mother’s name and the church she belonged to.
‘So, he just knew about everything,’ the woman said. ‘He was talking to people who were going to kill our family.’
‘He was a sadistic citizen who committed a large number of crimes. Crimes against the sexual dignity of women. Crimes against humanity,’ Machado Nogueira said, according to Brazilian outlet G1.