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Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail

Updated: July 16, 2019 12:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold the leader of a Mexican megachurch without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking.

Naasón Joaquín García, leader of La Luz del Mundo, is currently held on $50 million bail — believed to be the highest ever in Los Angeles County. He has pleaded not guilty.

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García and two co-defendants appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday for a bail review hearing. Law enforcement officers testified about sexual images and videos discovered on his electronic devices.

One also testified that $5 million has been raised for Garcia's defense. Defendants can typically post 10% of their bail to be freed.

Defense attorneys say Garcia doesn't pose a flight risk and they want his bail reduced.

The judge is expected to rule Tuesday.

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