Prosecutor: More sex abuse victims in Mexican church likely
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s top prosecutor is urging any other victims of child sex abuse to come forward after the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and several followers were charged.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a press conference Thursday that it’s hard to believe there were just the four victims cited in a felony complaint.
Church leader Naasón Joaquín García and two co-defendants were arrested in California this week and a fourth remains at large.
A church spokesman has denounced the charges and says Joaquín García remains the spiritual leader of La Luz del Mundo, which claims more than 5 million members worldwide.
Becerra says Joaquín García’s bail was set at $50 million because of fears he could raise money from followers and flee.