Victims asked to come forward following mega-church leader's arrest
LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - The California Department of Justice is asking more victims to come forward following the arrest of mega-church leader Joaquin Garcia.
Garcia, the leader of La Luz Del Mundo church, was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, production of child pornography, forcicle rape of a minor, among other felonies.
In a press conference Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra emphasized survivors and witnesses of sex crimes have their support.
"You are victims. You deserve our support and our assistance,' said Becerra.
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The criminal complaint alleges the crimes occured between 2015 and 2018. Garcia and his "co-defedants" reportedly coerced victims to performing sexual acts by telling them that if they went against any of his desires or wishes as "The Apostle," that they were going against God.
Multiple others were named in the complaint, including Azalea Rangel Melendez who remains at large.
Victims are asked to call 323-765-2100 or file online here.