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Religious leader’s sex abuse trial delayed

The Los Angeles trial of Naasón Joaquín García, the spiritual leader of the Guadalajara-based Luz del Mundo evangelical church, has been rescheduled for September 27.   

The judge said the reason for the delay was to allow the defense team more time to prepare for the trial.

Joaquín, who has been incarcerated in the Los Angeles country jail since June 2019, faces charges that include human trafficking, rape and possession of child pornography.

Although the judge in the case has dismissed several of the 30 original indictments filed against Joaquín, his bail still stands at $US90 million, a detail his defense team this week said “shows the inequity of the current bail system.”

Three female associates of Joaquín García, Alondra Ocampo, Susana Medina and Azalea Rangel, were also named in the complaint. Ocampo and Medina were detained along with Joaquín García, while Rangel remains at large.

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