Lawsuit: Mexican megachurch leaders abused woman for years


Sochil Martin, center, with lawyers Jeff Anderson, left, and Deborah Mallgrave, speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Martin has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the leaders of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo sexually abused her since she was 12 years old. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Southern California woman says in a federal lawsuit that the father and son leaders of a Mexican megachurch sexually abused her for 18 years.

Sochil Martin says Thursday La Luz del Mundo officials manipulated Bible passages to convince her the mistreatment by self-proclaimed apostles, the late Samuel Joaquín Flores and his son Naasón Joaquín García, actually was a gift from God.

The Associated Press normally does not identify people who say there were sexually abused but Martin said she wanted her name publicized. Garcia is in jail on separate criminal charges.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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