Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail

Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail
Attorneys Allen Sawyer, center, and Ken Rosenfeld, right, for Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attend a bail review hearing for Garcia in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, July 15, 2019. Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold Garcia without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

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.

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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