The Georgia massage parlor shooter brought a Bible with him to school every day and had developed a deep sense of ‘shame’ over his addiction to porn and sex which he sought treatment for in rehab, his friends and former roommates have revealed.
Robert Aaron Long, 21, murdered eight people including six Asian women on Tuesday at three different parlors in a three-hour killing spree in Georgia. Because the majority of the victims are Asian, the murders are being widely treated as another attack on the Asian community after a spike in violence against Asian Americans thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police won’t rule out racism as a factor yet but they said on Wednesday that Long had told them he wasn’t racist, but was driven by his desire to ‘eliminate’ sexual ‘temptation’. He said he is a sex addict who frequented the spas and blamed them for his addiction.
Now, friends are sharing more details of his intensely religious life. His father is a youth minister and he is an enthusiastic member of a South Baptist church which, after the shootings, said it was ‘heartbroken’. It has also been revealed that he sought treatment at Maverick Recovery, a treatment center in Atlanta, for sex addiction at the end of 2019 and early 2020.
Tyler Bayless, 35, told Reuters that he spent several months living at the Atlanta halfway house for recovering addicts with Robert Aaron Long, 21, who was charged on Wednesday with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in the Tuesday night shootings.
Bayless, who says he was being treated for drug addiction, said he was in a halfway house named Maverick Recovery with Long in late 2019 and early 2020, and last saw Long last February.
It’s unclear if he was in rehab before that or if he just sought treatment there. The center has removed all of its websites and social media pages and is not taking any inquiries.
He said Long had been treated for sex addiction and that he frequented massage parlors for ‘explicitly sexual activity.’ Bayless said Long was ‘deeply religious’ and would become ‘very emotionally distraught that he frequented these places.’
‘In the halfway house he would describe several of his sexual addiction “relapses” as he called them. He would have a deep feeling of remorse and shame and say he needed to return to prayer and to return to God,’ he said.
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Source: Daily Mail