‘The Apostle,’ Rev. Naason Joaquin Garcia to Stand Trial for Church’s Teen Girls Group Servicing Him Sexually

Rev, Naason Garcia, the 'Apostle'

Between June 2015 and June 2019, in Los Angeles County, Rev. Naason Joaquin Garcia, the head of La Luz del Mundo church, known among his followers as “the Apostle,” is alleged by the California attorney general’s office to have organized a group of the church’s teen girls to serve him sexually.

The Attorney General’s office alleges the girls, also known as “the dancers,” among other activities, would dance or perform skits for Rev. Garcia while in lingerie or partially nude.

Allegedly, the dancers, who were about 15 years old, did much more than dance.

Garcia, 51, is being held in lieu of $90 million bail and faces charges of human trafficking, forcible rape and forcible oral copulation of a minor, and possession of child pornography.

Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen set a Sept. 27 trial date for Rev. Garcia and one of his codefendants, Susana Medina Oaxaca. The prosecution estimates the trial could last up to seven weeks.

At an earlier bail hearing, Superior Court Judge David Fields decided Rev. Garcia was guilty before going to trial.

Judge Fields said, “This is a man who preyed on young girls. Religion was used against these girls. They were told that if they didn’t comply [sexually], they were sinning.”

Judge Fields determined Rev. Garcia’s guilt before trial based on the testimony of state law enforcement officer and forensic examiner Steven Stover who said that a video found on an iPad seized from Garcia shows the church leader having a threesome with a woman and an underage male.  Stover also testified that he found child pornography on an iPhone taken from Garcia. One video found on the phone shows females “of a very young age” performing sexual acts.

Four Defendants — Three Are Women

The four defendants

Rev. Garcia has been charged, along with three women, members of his church, who allegedly helped manage and groom the girls –Alondra Ocampo, 38, Susana Medina Oaxaca, 26 and Azalea Rangel Melendez.

Melendez, who was also charged with rape, is a fugitive. She is being sought by authorities.

Oaxaxa will stand trial along with Rev. Garcia, and maintains her innocence. She is free on bail.

Ocampo, who is being held without bail, pleaded guilty to three counts of contact with a minor for a sexual offense, involving three Jane Does, and one count of forcible sexual penetration, involving a fourth Jane Doe.

The terms of her plea deal have not been announced. She may testify for the prosecution.

Ocampo, allegedly was in charge of the exclusive teen group.  She said she suffered years of sexual abuse in the church as a minor, her attorney Fred Thiagarajah said.  He alleged that Ocampo was raped at age eight by Rev. Garcia’s father –the famous Rev Samuel Joaquin Flores, who led the church until his death in 2014.

Alondra Ocampo said Rev, Garcia’s father sexually abused her.

Father

Rev. Samuel Joaquín Flores

 

People had to wait hours to see the body of Rev Flores who died in 2014. His son, Rev Garcia assumed the leadership of his church.

Son

Rev. Garcia represents Jesus as his apostle, he says.

Naason Joaquin Garcia, who heads an organization that claims one million followers worldwide, and three co-defendants allegedly committed 26 felonies in southern California between 2015 and 2018. (Photo credit ULISES RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Prosecutors allege the teen girls engaged in sexual activity with Rev. Garcia under duress from the women defendants and that the girls were told that if they went against Rev. Garcia’s desires, they were going against God.

In court papers, prosecutors allege the group of young girls also assisted with household chores at his East L.A. home.

Rev. Garcia and his three female co-defendants are all affiliated with La Luz del Mundo — Light of the World — which is the largest evangelical church in Mexico. It has branches in 50 countries and more than one million members.

The church headquarters is in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the church steadfastly backs Rev. Garcia.

The church put out a statement that read in part: “His innocence will be demonstrated and he will be acquitted.”

Rev. Garcia was arrested in the summer of 2019 at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Alondra Ocampo said she was sexually abused by Rev. Garcia’s father when she was eight. Will that get her off the hook for grooming 15 year old girls?According to the criminal complaint:

Allegedly:

  1. Children were told to perform “flirty” dances for Rev. García while wearing “as little clothing as possible.”
  2. García gave a group of children “a speech about a king having mistresses and stated that an apostle of God can never be judged for his actions.”
  3. Ocampo directed JANE DOE 1 and other minors to take off their clothing and touch each other sexually.
  4. Ocampo took photos of minor girls touching each other sexually and sent the photographs to Rev Garcia
  5. Ocampo called JANE DOE 1 to the home of Rev. Garcia and asked her to serve him coffee in his office,
  6. Grabbed the coffee JANE DOE 1 was holding, and told JANE DOE 1 to remove her dress and then returned her coffee.
  7. When she entered the office, Rev. Garcia put his arms around her, kissed her on the lips, touched her buttocks and attempted to touch her vagina.
  8. Rev. Garcia and Ocampo raped and did perform forcible oral copulation of JANE DOE 2, a minor.
  9. Ocampo sent a message to JANE DOE 1, JANE DOE 2, and JANE DOE 3 saying the photos were for “the servant of God” [Rev. Garcia] and that he would be really happy if they sent Ocampo nude photos.
  10. Ocampo told them to take photos without their underwear and with their legs open, and to send the photos to her.
  11. Ocampo took JANE DOE 1, JANE DOE 2, and JANE DOE 3 to an office building, provided them with school girl outfits, directed them to touch their own breasts and buttocks, as well as each other’s, and took photos.
  12. Ocampo took JANE DOE 1, JANE DOE 2, and JANE DOE 3 to Rev. Garcia’s home and told them to remove their clothing.
  13. Ocampo took JANE DOE 1, JANE DOE 2, and JANE DOE 3 to a hotel and had them take off their clothing touch each other’s breasts and vaginas, and lick whipped cream off each other’s breasts.
  14. Ocampo took photos and told the girls the photos were for Rev., Garcia.
  15. Rev, Garcia later thanked JANE DOE 1, JANE DOE 2, and JANE DOE 3 for the photos he received of them.
  16. Rev. Garcia and Melendez Rangel raped JANE DOE 4 and committed the crime of forcible oral copulation

‘Defamatory and False’ Allegations

An exterior view of the Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo in Santa Ana, Calif., on June 5.

Various church members have spoken to the media about their leader since he has been arrested.

Silem Garcia, a spokesman for La Luz del Mundo, told reporters in Mexico City that the church and its members “consider these accusations defamatory and a calumny against our international director, the Apostle of Jesus Christ. We believe firmly in the innocence of the Apostle of Jesus Christ.”

In East Los Angeles, spokesman Ashley Valdez said the allegations against “the Apostle” were false and that the church trusts that the legal system will find Naason Garcia innocent.

“The Apostle of Jesus Christ has always adhered to the law,” Valdez said.  “He is the mouthpiece for God.”

In Santa Ana, David Salazar defended Garcia. “He is a man of God,” said Salazar. “It’s not true…. It’s just meant to discredit him.”

Another congregant Francisco Lucas said Rev. Garcia’s tribulations are nothing new. “Apostles have long been persecuted.”

Attorneys Chastise AG

Ken Rosenfeld, García’s lead attorney said, “We are resolute in our belief that Naasón Joaquín García is 100% innocent of the scurrilous allegations against him. We have met with countless individuals that have personally observed Mr. Garcia’s behavior over the past decades and they are incredulous about these accusations,”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in what might be a violation of legal ethics has made public statement about Rev, Garcia as if he is already convicted. Bacerra said, “Crimes like those alleged in this complaint have no place in our society. Period.  We must not turn a blind eye to sexual violence and trafficking in our state. At the California Department of Justice, we will do everything we can to prevent and combat these heinous crimes so that our communities are safe. If you see something, report it and we will vigorously pursue justice.”

Co-counsel Allen Sawyer argued that Becerra should not be giving press conferences.

“Accusations are not evidence and Mr. García has been the subject of outrageous government conduct and an irresponsible press conference by the Attorney General of California that violated accepted standards of professional responsibility required of prosecutors. Mr. García is presumed innocent and entitled to an untainted jury pool,” Sawyer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • This man and these women are very evil

    I have A LOT of follow up questions for the parents of the victims…

  • I hope people are aware they can pray by themselves without the need to have it facilitated by organized religion.

    We all have a direct line to God, Jesus and the Mother Mary. We can also pray with the intercession of the saints as well.

    • Mr. Shadow that is an insult to the good Reverend. LOL

      The Good Reverend beats Raniere by magnitudes. LOL

  • Frank-

    Thank you for reporting on this latest cult tragedy that the mainstream media are neglecting to report.

    This story is identical to the NXIVM saga, albeit on a massively larger scale.

    How these men control adult women to go along with the pedophilia-thing is incredibly disturbing — because you expect it from men, but not women.

  • The Apostle is a very good man and follows in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior. These charges are made up. Lucifer has taken possession of this world but God will save us and the Apostle Naason Joaquin Garcia will be delivered by Our Lord.

  • Meh. Just another false “prophet”. They’re getting boring with their repetitively lame shtick.

    When are people ever going to learn that these self-proclaimed “enlightened” ones, aka cult leaders, are in it only for themselves, i.e., for the ego, money, and the sex?

    • —When are people ever going to learn that these self-proclaimed “enlightened” ones, aka cult leaders, are in it only for themselves, i.e., for the ego, money, and the sex?

      Never going to happen!

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