LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of a Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking.
The staggering bail amount all but ensures that Naasón Joaquín García will remain jailed as he awaits trial.
The judge said he had seen evidence of “a systematic pattern of sexual assault of minors.”
Garcia faces three dozen felony counts. He has denied wrongdoing.
Garcia is the spiritual leader of La Luz del Mundo, which is Spanish for “The Light Of The World.” The Guadalajara, Mexico-based evangelical Christian church claims 5 million followers worldwide.