Mexican mega-church leader admits sexually abusing children in US

La Luz del Mundo (Light of the World) church leader Naason Joaquin Garcia pleaded guilty to child sex abuse allegations days before his trial. The Light of the World is a huge church and has millions of members worldwide

Garcia pleaded guilty to assaulting young church members around Los Angeles for several years.

“As leader of La Luz del Mundo, Naason Joaquin Garcia used his power to take advantage of children,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said.

“He relied on those around him to groom worshipers for sexual assault.”

According to prosecutors, Garcia (53) exploited his position and forced underage girls to perform sexual acts.

During the investigation, they alleged that Garcia and his co-defendants told the victims that refusing to comply with his wishes would be acting against God.

Garcia had faced a series of charges related to alleged wrongdoing until his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport in 2019.

The preacher, who was charged alongside two other church members, was due to stand trial from Monday.

But his guilty pleas to three counts mean he will now be sentenced next week and could face several years in prison.

(With agency contributions)

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