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Naasón Joaquín García

Judge increases bail for La Luz del Mundo leader to $90 million

By Alejandra Molina — August 6, 2020

(RNS) California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on July 30 refiled charges against Naasón Joaquín García, months after a California appeals court dismissed García’s criminal case on procedural grounds.

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

By Stefanie Dazio — April 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June after his arrest on accusations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018.

La Luz del Mundo minister says abuse allegations are false

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2020

POMONA, Calif. (RNS) — At a news conference Friday (Feb. 14), church leaders gathered at the Fairplex in Pomona to address the allegations that were made against the church and its leaders.

La Luz Del Mundo ex-member sues, alleging decades of trafficking, sexual abuse

By Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana — February 13, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — At a news conference, Sochil Martin, 33, detailed the sexual abuse she says she endured within the church.

La Luz del Mundo will continue to host US ceremony while leader remains in jail

By Alejandra Molina — January 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Mexico-based La Luz del Mundo is holding its most sacred ceremony in February in events across the U.S. while its leader remains in a Los Angeles jail after he was arrested and charged with numerous sex crimes.

Mexican Pentecostal church says leader is innocent, denies sex crimes charges

By Aysha Khan — June 7, 2019

(RNS) — The head of Mexico’s largest evangelical church, La Luz del Mundo, has been charged with a string of sex crimes against minors in Los Angeles, including rape, human trafficking and child pornography. Church leaders and followers say he is innocent.

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