Satanist Files Complaint Against Washoe County

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada inmate who says he practices Satanism has accused county jailers of violating his constitutional rights by denying him meals consistent with the strict diet of his pagan religion, including ice cream.

Alex C. Snelson is serving two to six years in state prison for possession of a stolen car after spending time in the Washoe County Jail in Reno for possession of methamphetamine and brass knuckles.

He says he was denied the right to freely exercise his religion last year when he was forced to break from a strict dietary regime that allows only "whole foods," no bi-products or processing additives.

WCSO spokesman Bob Harmon said it is jail policy to “accommodate the religious practices of all inmates.”

“Mr. Snelson’s allegations are just that — allegations, and we are confident that the facts will show that the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office acted in accordance with constitutional requirements,” Harmon said Friday.

Snelson said in an amended complaint filed in federal court in Reno on Wednesday ice cream is a "whole food" that he deserves same as the non-pagan inmates.