LOS ANGELES: the head of a Mexican-based church, that claims over one million followers worldwide, was ordered held on $50 million bail in a los angeles court on Wednesday on charges that enclosed human trafficking, erotica and rape of a minor.La Luz Del Mundo (Light of the World) church leader Naason Joaquin Garcia, 50, was in remission at los angeles International airport on Monday, prosecutors aforementioned.Garcia and 2 of his co-defendants, Alondra Ocampo and Susana Medina city, didn’t enter pleas, unfinished a proper legal document on June ten. choose Francis bennett ordered the defendants to stay in custody till then.
A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect Rangel Melendez, officers said. All the suspect are related to with La Luz Del Mundo, prosecutors said.Defense lawyer Dmitry Gorin referred to as Garcia’s $50 million bail “outrageous and unreasonable”. Garcia’s wife and 3 kids were within the court.The church, that considers Garcia to be associate apostle of Good Shepherd, referred to as the accusations baseless.“The Apostle of Good Shepherd, Brother Naason Joaquin Garcia, has forever behaved in accordance with the law and with full respect for the establishments and also the dignity of the folks,” it said in a very statement on its web site on Wednesday.
‘Going against God’
A 19-page grievance, filed in los angeles judicature on Tuesday, says 3 minors and one adult girl were abused, with one kid and also the girl raped. Others were forced to perform sex acts and dances for Garcia wearing “as very little wear as possible”, the grievance further.Girls were told that if they defied Garcia’s wishes “they were going against god”, the grievance says.Prosecutors said Garcia and co-defendants committed a complete of twenty six felonies in south American state from 2015 to 2018 in los angeles County.The victims weren’t named.California professional General missionary Becerra can hold a conference on weekday to debate the arrest, his workplace said.Internet sites say the church has between one million and five million followers worldwide in additional than fifty countries together with several followers within the united states.The church’s roots return to the Nineteen Twenties in Mexico, and adheres to nontrinitarianism, rejecting a thought Christian doctrine of the Creator. It says it adheres to the earliest doctrines of the Christian church teachings.—HADISA