Ex-members of La Luz del Mundo claim Naasón Joaquín García deserves greater than 16 years

Ex-members of La Luz del Mundo claim Naasón Joaquín García deserves greater than 16 years

LOS ANGELES (REGISTERED NURSES) — Critics, as well as ex-members of La Luz del Mundo, claim its leader should have a much more serious penalty than the almost 17-year sentence he got Wednesday (June 8) for sexually abusing young women fans that claimed he made them his sex servants.

In court, 5 girls the priest was billed with sexually abusing called Naasón Joaquín García “bad,” a “beast” as well as the “Antichrist.” They prompted the court to enforce a much longer sentence after García abruptly begged guilty to 3 felonies right before his long-awaited test was to begin.

García, 53, encountered a sentence of 16 years as well as 8 months after he begged guilty Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court to 2 matters of physical dental copulation entailing minors as well as one matter of a raunchy act on a kid that was 15.

La Luz del Mundo, which declares 5 million around the world fans, was established in 1926 by García’s grandpa, Eusebio Joaquín González. The church denies the principle of the Trinity as well as educates that Jesus is God’s child as well as church leaders, like García, his dad as well as grandpa, are his apostles.

Sochil Martin, who in 2020 took legal action against the church as well as loads of its leaders, declaring years of misuse, prompted for a harder sentence in a news conference a day before the hearing.

“I was additionally a sufferer of Naasón,” she claimed. “I think that we won’t have the ability to rest or have tranquility unless we understand that this male will certainly remain in prison every one of his life.”

Outside the court house, previous participants, as well as leaders of the church, waited for information about the sentencing.

Hector Vera, a previous deacon of La Luz del Mundo, called García an “incorrect prophet” that is worthy of investing the remainder of his life behind bars. Vera stood outside the court house holding indications that reviewed “Life Sentence For Naason” as well as “This Is The Starting Of Completion.”

“He is worthy of the complete weight of the legislation,” claimed Vera, that took a trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles for the sentencing hearing.

Vera, 60, claimed he functioned as a deacon for La Luz del Mundo churches throughout the nation, from Washington, D.C., as well as Kentucky to Texas as well as The golden state. He claimed he left the church in 2003 after his ex-wife started informing him of individuals that functioned as slaves to Samuel Joaquín Flores, García’s dad, that led the church up until his fatality in 2014.

“I remain to rely on Jesus Christ as well as I rely on his justice. I don’t rely on guys since that’s the mistake we dedicated with La Luz Del Mundo,” Vera included.

Critics have articulated their resistance to García’s sentence on a subreddit, known as EXLLDM, an online area of previous La Luz del Mundo participants that have been energetic because concerning 2017.

“We understand our individuals best. We understand just how prone the LLDM area is in the direction of misuse, as well as just how their system will certainly never place any type of safeguards in position to stop as well as quit additional misuse proceedings. Not just that, however permitting a confessed kid killer to be enabled back right into culture is damaging to every one of the LA areas,” according to the declarations published there.

A change.org petition advising that García receive “the optimal sentence feasible” had gathered greater than 3,200 trademarks since Thursday mid-day.

Raquel Guerra, a previous participant of La Luz del Mundo, saw the sentencing with a Livestream from her house in Texas. Listening to the testaments was “destructive,” she claimed.

Raquel Guerra, now 41, poses with her parents in 1992 on the day of her 14th-year presentation. Once she turned 14, she declared she wanted to continue in La Luz del Mundo Church. Photo courtesy of Raquel Guerra

Raquel Guerra positions with her moms and dad in 1992 on the day of her 14th-year discussion. When she transformed 14, she proclaimed she wished to proceed in La Luz del Mundo Church. Picture thanks to Raquel Guerra

“My heart was simply damaging the whole time,” Guerra claimed. “I was hoping as well as really hoping that he (the court) can enforce even more years.”

Guerra matured participating in a La Luz del Mundo church in Bexar Area, Texas. She claimed she didn’t straight see any type of sexual assault while she belonged to the church, however, she came to be much more familiar with tales of misuse after leaving the church as well as getting in touch with various other ex-members.

She left La Luz del Mundo at around age 19 since she was expectant as well as in a partnership with a male that was not a component of the church. In an insular area, the church disapproved of partnerships with outsiders, Guerra claimed. She remembers church leaders stating the kid was an item of wrong.

Because leaving La Luz del Mundo, Guerra has been forthright versus its leaders.

“I will certainly remain to talk the reality,” she claimed. “It was heartbreaking to see that the churches were loaded … while of the sentencing since I understand they desire the guidance of their group. It’s extremely depressing the control they have.”

Sergio Meza, 72, of Los Angeles, claimed he as well as others that left the church hoped García would be punished to at the very least 100 years. He claimed he was a priest for La Luz del Mundo from 1970 to 1986 as well as remained participating in the church up until 2000.

Meza claimed tales of misuse amongst the church leaders were understood, however, he claimed that without social media sites back then, it was difficult for those claims to obtain grip.

He claimed a major factor he left La Luz del Mundo was seeing just how the Joaquín family members obtained richer at the expenditure of church participants. “We were the ones searching for individuals as well as residential property,” he claimed. The legal action submitted in 2020 by Martin affirmed that La Luz del Mundo holy places were constructed forcibly under the overdue labor of participants.