Leader of the Light of the World, Naasón Joaquín García, sentenced to more than 16 years

The leader of the Church of the Light of the World, the Mexican Naason Joaquin Garcia, He was sentenced this Wednesday to more than 16 years in prison after pleading guilty last Friday to 3 of the 19 charges he faced in a US court related to sexual abuse of minors.

The agreement with Prosecutor caused outrage among victims de García, 53, who has been under arrest for three years in the United States.

Through tears, some of the victims testified at the hearing today and asked Judge Ronald S. Coen for a fair sentence.

Naasón Joaquín García, 53, who was considered an “apostle” of Jesus Christ by his five million followers, had vigorously fought the charges, which included child rape, until on the eve of trial he abruptly agreed to a plea deal.

Prosecutors said Garcia took advantage of his spiritual influence to have sex with several female parishioners and that other members of the Church helped him to concretize the abuses.

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