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La Luz del Mundo chief, Naasón Joaquín García, faces new lawsuit in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Naasón Joaquín García, the chief of La Luz del Mundo, is going through a brand new lawsuit filed by 5 girls who allege he sexually abused them whereas different church members groomed them and used the faith as ammunition towards them.

The 5 girls are recognized as Jane Does within the civil lawsuit that was filed Thursday (Sept. 8) in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom. The ladies, who vary in age from 20 to twenty-eight, had been additionally the Jane Does included within the prison costs filed towards García by the California Legal professional Common’s workplace, attorneys stated.

They cite sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional misery, negligence and gender violence and search unspecified compensatory and punitive damages towards the church.

Named within the criticism are: 53-year-old García, who’s in jail after taking a plea deal in prison costs introduced by California Legal professional Common Rob Bonta; in addition to Alondra Ocampo, Susana Medina Oaxaca and Azalea Rangel, who allegedly groomed the ladies to be abused by García; and Alma Zamora de Joaquín, who’s García’s spouse and who attorneys stated knew of her husband’s alleged abuse and the grooming of the younger girls. García’s three kids — Adoraim Joaquín Zamora, Eldai Joaquín Zamora and Sibma Joaquín Zamora — had been additionally named within the swimsuit and had been allegedly conscious of the abuse and grooming.


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“Naasón didn’t work alone in perpetuating his abuse,” Jonati Yedidsion, one of many attorneys representing the Jane Does, informed reporters at a information convention in downtown Los Angeles on Monday (Sept. 12).

“Many members of the very best stage of the church, together with a number of of Naasón’s members of the family, had been conscious of the church aiding and taking part within the abuse of those victims,” Yedidsion stated.

The 5 girls and their households will not be below police safety and have been harassed and threatened by members of the church, in line with Yedidsion.

A spokesperson for the church has not returned a request for remark.

The alleged abuses by García occurred between 2015 and 2019, in line with the swimsuit.

Legal professional Jonati Yedidsion, heart, speaks a couple of new lawsuit she and different attorneys have filed towards La Luz del Mundo chief Naasón Joaquín García, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in downtown Los Angeles. RNS photograph by Alejandra Molina

From the time they had been younger kids, the ladies “had been routinely coerced” to consider García’s “needs and needs had been direct orders from God, that he was with out sin and incapable of committing any wrongs,” in line with the criticism.

Attorneys within the swimsuit allege that the ladies had been led to consider disobeying García would “result in catastrophic penalties together with, however not restricted to, everlasting damnation, unspeakable tragedy, infertility, and numerous different harms” to the ladies and their households.

The ladies, in line with the swimsuit, believed within the church doctrine and that their “everlasting salvation depended upon them doing regardless of the Apostle commanded in addition to holding him completely happy.”

On a number of events, García would sexually abuse the ladies, together with, however not restricted to, kissing, fondling and sexually touching those that had been minors, in line with the criticism.

García instructed Ocampo, Oaxaca and Rangel in addition to different La Luz del Mundo ministers to “additional indoctrinate and brainwash” the ladies “by any means vital,” corresponding to reminding them of García’s “unfettered energy” and the “catastrophic penalties” of denying his needs, attorneys allege within the lawsuit.

Bible verses and Scripture had been routinely used and manipulated to underscore García’s energy and authority over the ladies, in line with the swimsuit.

“When any individual experiences trauma … we pray that our souls and our foundational beliefs are nonetheless intact, and what these girls have actually skilled is that their trauma was rooted of their beliefs,” stated Rochelle Guiton, one of many attorneys representing the Jane Does.


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The lawsuit follows García’s sentencing three months in the past to almost 17 years in jail after he pled responsible to 2 counts of forcible oral copulation involving minors and one rely of a lewd act upon a baby who was 15. Underneath this plea cut price, prosecutors dropped different allegations of raping kids and girls, in addition to human trafficking to supply youngster pornography.

Naasón Joaquín García greets members of his church, La Luz del Mundo, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug. 14, 2018. García pleaded guilty June 3, 2022, to sexually abusing three girls, California state prosecutors said. (AP Photo/File)

Naasón Joaquín García greets members of his church, La Luz del Mundo, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug. 14, 2018. García pleaded responsible June 3, 2022, to sexually abusing three women, California state prosecutors stated. (AP Picture/File)

Yedidsion referred to as the plea deal “insufficient” and stated they filed the lawsuit “to have the ability to obtain the justice I consider they had been wronged of within the prison case.”

Headquartered within the Catholic stronghold of Guadalajara, Mexico, the tight-knit Mexico-based Pentecostal motion claims 5 million worldwide followers. La Luz del Mundo temples might be discovered throughout america, with a number of in Southern California, predominantly in working-class Latino communities corresponding to East Los Angeles, Huntington Park and San Bernardino.

La Luz del Mundo was based in 1926 by García’s grandfather, Eusebio Joaquín González. The church rejects the idea of the Trinity and teaches that Jesus is God’s son and that church leaders, like García, his father and grandfather, are his apostles.

In 2020, an ex-member sued the church and greater than a dozen of its leaders, alleging many years of abuse by the hands of the group’s leaders. García’s father was the topic of kid intercourse abuse allegations in 1997, however authorities in Mexico by no means filed prison costs.

Followers of La Luz del Mundo don’t rejoice Christmas or Easter, however they do acknowledge the birthdays of García and the opposite apostles.


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On the information convention on Monday, two different girls, who, attorneys stated, are victims of García’s father, Samuel Joaquín Flores, expressed solidarity with the 5 girls within the lawsuit. Yedidsion stated they’re planning to file a lawsuit on their behalf and urged every other victims of the church to come back ahead.

Andy Rubenstein, an lawyer representing the Jane Does, stated the objective of the lawsuit is to “compensate our purchasers and make them complete.”

“What was the worth of what was taken from them? … They destroyed lives, they hijacked their religion and so they lived below fixed concern,” Rubenstein stated.

 

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