Warning: this story contains graphic details of allegations made in the lawsuit.
Five woman are suing an international megachurch and its leader, convicted felon Naasón Joaquín García, in California state court over decades of alleged child sexual abuse and human trafficking.
The 53-year-old so-called “apostle” of the of the Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of the Truth, The Light of the World, admitted to various child sex crimes earlier this year after a lengthy prosecution in the Golden State. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison.
His church, which claims more than 5 million members worldwide, has stood by its shepherd through it all.
Now, in a 49-page complaint, the church, García, and several affiliated businesses and individuals are being sued for various damages to a class that is expected to include well over 500 alleged victims as plaintiffs.
The introductory lines of the complaint do not mince words and stake out shocking allegations that criticize the church, as a business, to its core as an enterprise that intentionally existed for the purpose of finding and providing children to be raped by the leader.
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