Man convicted of rapes after spirit 'cleansings'

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man has been convicted of raping two women by luring them to Orange County motel rooms for so-called "spiritual cleansings" that involved rubbing whole eggs on their bodies.

City News Service reports that jurors on Tuesday deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding 39-year-old Alberto Flores Ramirez of San Clemente guilty of two counts of rape and four other sex offense charges. He could get 75 years to life in prison at his sentencing scheduled for June.

The two separate incidents that spurred the charges occurred in 2012. Prosecutors say Ramirez convinced the women that he is a spiritual healer and he could perform a ritual with an egg that cleanses negative energy.

Prosecutors said after he booked motel rooms and performed the ritual, he attacked the women.