Megachurch Backs Convicted Predator Despite Guilty Plea

Megachurch Backs Convicted Predator Despite Guilty Plea

Christian Leader ARRESTED – Sickening Details Released

  • A pastor was recently jailed for sexual abuse.
  • The church leader is still receiving a lot of support.
  • Abuse within churches has made headlines in recent years.
  • A sexual abuse scandal rocked Baptists in 2022. 

(NewsReady.com) – Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon these days to hear about abuse occurring within a church. For years, Catholics have reported horrific cases of molestation at the ends of church leaders who were supposed to protect them. A bombshell report released in May documented decades of abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. The pastor of a megachurch in Mexico has now pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to sexually abusing children, but instead of ostracizing him, his church is supporting him.

Influential Pastor Pleads Guilty

In 2018, the California Department of Justice launched an investigation into Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of La Luz del Mundo church, for abusing young girls. According to a press release from Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office, the pastor abused the girls between at least 2015 and 2018. He was eventually arrested for the crimes and pleaded guilty. On June 8, a court sentenced the pastor to 16 years and 8 months behind bars.

Bonta was pleased with the sentence, but said it would never undo the harm he inflicted on his victims. However, he called it a “critical step forward for justice.” Not everyone was happy, though. Attorney Deborah S. Mallgrave, who represented a woman suing him for abuse in a civil matter, said she was horrified that he wasn’t given life in prison, considering the testimony from victims. Other survivors were reportedly “distraught” by the sentence.

La Luz del Mundo responded to the sentence on Twitter, pledging its continued support of “the Apostle” (his nickname) and praising him for his “integrity, his conduct and his work.”

Crimes

Prosecutors initially charged García in June 2019, saying there were four victims, including three children. According to officials, he told children to perform “flirty” dances for him while wearing “as little clothing as possible.” The complaint alleges he raped a child and a woman. He was also accused of forcing a minor to perform oral sex as well as allegedly participating in human trafficking.

Others were convicted for crimes related to the case. Prosecutors accused Susana Medina Oaxaca of assault likely to cause great bodily injury. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one year of probation on house arrest, and also has to get six months of psychiatric counseling.

Alondra Ocampo was also convicted of one count of forced sexual penetration and three counts of contacting a minor with the intention of committing a sexual crime. All of the charges are felonies, and they will be sentenced later.

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