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(UPDATE) Accused cult leader Eligio Bishop arrested in Greater Decatur

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(UPDATE) Accused cult leader Eligio Bishop arrested in Greater Decatur

Eligio Bishop. Photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Greater Decatur, GA — DeKalb County Police on April 13 arrested Eligio Bishop at a residence in greater Decatur.

DeKalb County Police confirmed he is the same man accused of running a polygamist cult called Carbon Nation.

Police received a complaint on March 30.

“The Special Victims Unit began an investigation into allegations concerning Mr. Bishop,” a spokesperson for the Police Department said. “On April 13, 2022, at approximately 6:00 pm, the  investigation led the police department and detectives to execute search and arrest warrants for Mr. Bishop and the location, [on] Arbor Chase, Decatur, GA.  As a result of the investigation, Mr. Bishop was arrested and lodged in the DeKalb County Jail on charges of Rape, False Imprisonment and Prohibition on Nude or Sexually Explicit Electronic Transmissions.  There is no additional information at this time.”

According to jail records, Bishop is accused of sexually explicit electronic transmissions, rape, and false imprisonment.

According to a New York Post article, the alleged cult “believes in nudism, refraining from bathing and defecating on trees.”

Bishop also refers to himself as God and Nature Boy, according to the article.

According to the Post, “Bishop, 38, allegedly makes his followers hand over their money, credit cards, bank accounts and pin numbers before worshiping, the Costa Rica Star reported in December.” 

To read the full story, click here.

WSB-TV spoke with Bishop’s followers at the scene of the arrest, who told a reporter that the charges were “false accusations” from a former member. They believe Bishop is their god, according to WSB-TV. To see that story, click here.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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