‘My dad was a paedophile cult leader who has 64 kids by nine wives’

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An Australian TV show star has shockingly revealed how her dad was a cult leader paedophile with nine wives and 64 children.

Keira Maguire, 35, who featured on The Bachelor, was born into The Seaside Sect – a polyamorous cult with her dad, Alistah Laishkochav, at the helm, reports the Sun.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Laishkochav changed his name from Ian Lowe when he moved to Australia in 1969.

He set up the cult in Byron Bay and settled with nine wives, who all reportedly slept in one large bedroom, and 64 children.

One of Laishkochav's wives was Keira's mother, Michelle. Footage taken in 1992 showed Michelle defending her decision to live as part of the weird cult – but in the end, she left when Keira was five.

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Keira distanced herself from the convicted paedophile and former policeman, speaking about her experiences, saying: "Alistah Laishkochav is not relevant to who I am nor does he define me."

Keira spoke about her experience of the cult when she appeared on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2017.

She told fellow campmate Lisa Curry: "I don’t know if you know my story, but my mum was in a cult.

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"My dad was the leader. There was like 63 children. I didn’t know who my real mum was until I was like six. I knew that I wasn’t normal."

Laishkochav was jailed in 2000 at the age of 71 after he was found guilty of 20 child sex offences and one charge of reckless injury.

It was reported his four victims were aged between seven and 11 at the time of the offending.

The cult had disbanded in 1993 after the horrific offences came to light and he was charged.

Laishkochav died in prison in April 2012.

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