Cameroon/June 5, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/130 views /Cameroon Leader of religious group based in Mexico charged with sex crimes – Journal du Camerounshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Published on 05.06.2019 at 04h54 by AFP The leader of La Luz Del Mundo, an international religious organization based in Mexico, has been arrested in California on charges of human trafficking, child rape and other felonies, authorities said Tuesday. Naason Joaquin Garcia, who heads the organization that claims one million followers worldwide, and three co-defendants allegedly committed 26 felonies in southern California between 2015 and 2018. Garcia and his co-defendants, all of them women affiliated with La Luz Del Mundo (The Light of the World), are accused of coercing minor girls into performing sexual acts by telling them that if they went against the wishes of “the Apostle,” as Garcia was called, they would be going against God. ALSO READ Mosque attacks remembrance service begins in Christchurch - Journal du Cameroun“Crimes like those alleged in this complaint have no place in our society. Period,” California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We must not turn a blind eye to sexual violence and trafficking in our state.” According to the 19-page charge sheet, the minors, who were members of the church that was founded in 1926, were encouraged to perform “flirty” dances for Garcia while scantily clothed, to touch each other sexually and were sexually assaulted by the guru. ALSO READ Thousands Defy Police in Cameroon, Demanding Kamto’s Release - CameroonOnline.orgGarcia also allegedly boasted about “a king having mistresses and stated that an apostle of god can never be judged for his actions.” The complaint states that Garcia, who is being held on $25 million bail, and one of his co-defendants, Alondra Ocampo, also raped a minor between October 1, 2017 and February 8, 2018 in the Los Angeles area. The other two defendants in the case were identified as Azalea Rangel Melendez and Susana Medina Oaxaca. ALSO READ Cameroon: Douala - CAF Security Experts Wrap up VisitOcampo and Oaxaca have been arrested while an arrest warrant has been issued for Melendez. Becerra said authorities launched an investigation in 2018 thanks to information submitted to the California Department of Justice through the clergy abuse online complaint form. Although La Luz del Mundo is headquartered in Mexico, its influence has spread to California and other regions in recent years. In a statement the church denied the charges, saying it was confident Garcia would be proven innocent. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Cameroon share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleClimate in focus as Denmark seen veering left in election – Journal du Camerounnext articleNepal looks to limit Everest access after deaths, but doubts linger – Journal du CamerounRelated PostsCameroon/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Venezuela says it thwarted ‘coup’ bid – Journal du Cameroun450 shares Cameroon/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Japan faces critics, conflict on environment issues at G20 – Journal du CamerounFake tourists and car crashes: How China blocks reporters in Xinjiang – Journal du CamerounTrump, Kim exchanged 12 letters: S. Korea minister – Journal du CamerounSelfies and the self: what they say about us and society – Journal du CamerounFrom Rio to Rome, a battle for selfie supremacy – Journal du CamerounShowtime: Democrats in spirited first debate of 2020 cycle – Journal du CamerounCameroonians abroad warned off violent demo during Biya trip – CameroonOnline.orgGreenpeace sounds alarm over shark overfishing in North Atlantic – Journal du CamerounMorocco coach Renard hopes to torment Ivory Coast again – Journal du Cameroun Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.