The charges that Alondra Ocampo accepted are for contacting minors with the intention of committing crimes and for a forced act of sexual penetration. Photo: AP
The woman whom the authorities in California point to as the main accomplice of the leader of the La Luz del Mundo church, Naasón Joaquín García, Alondra Ocampo, pleaded guilty, according to documents.
Ocampo pleaded guilty to four criminal charges, according to information from the California Superior Court in Los Angeles.
The charges are for contacting minors with the intent to commit crimes, and for committing a forced act of sexual penetration.
The California Attorney General’s Office accused Alondra Ocampo of being the recruiter and trainer of minors whom she sent the so-called apostle to maintain relationships with the leader of La Luz del Mundo.
Ocampo asked the minors to undress and take photographs of their private parts to send them to Naasón Joaquín García, who made selections through those photos, according to the prosecution.
The 37-year-old woman warned the minors that refusing to please Garcia was tantamount to rejecting the Apostle of Jesus Christ, so they had to dance for the leader with the least amount of clothing.
While Garcia faces 36 criminal charges and a $ 90 million bond, Alondra Ocampo is being held on $ 25 million bond.
Neither Ocampo’s lawyers nor Naasón Joaquín García’s lawyers responded to press requests.
The sentence against Ocampo will be handed down until April 22. The prosecution has also not clarified whether it reached an agreement with Ocampo to testify against the leader of La Luz del Mundo.
By pleading guilty, Alondra Ocampo reduces her potential sentence and if she agrees to testify against Garcia she would have additional concessions.
For his part, Naasón Joaquín García has pleaded not guilty to the three dozen charges against him.
The charges are based on thousands of images and videos that the prosecution found on Naasón Joaquín’s cell phone when he was detained at the Los Angeles airport on June 3, 2019, from Guadalajara.
The prosecution has at least four witnesses who claim that they were victims of rape, abuse, coercion based on religious beliefs, sexual relations with a male minor and trafficking with the intention of sexual exploitation.
All of the abuses occurred in California, between February 2016 and November 2017.
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