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Mexico-based church leader charged with sex crimes…

LOS ANGELES, Aug 6 – The leader of a Mexican-based church that claims over 1 million followers worldwide was ordered on Thursday to remain held on $90 million, nearly double his original bail, on newly expanded charges of rape, human trafficking and child pornography.

The ruling virtually assures that Naason Joaquin Garcia, the head and self-styled apostle of the evangelical church La Luz del Mundo (Light of the World), will remain in custody as he awaits trial. The decision to raise his bond from $50 million came four months after the original case against him was dismissed by an appeals court on technical grounds. (Reporting by Norma Galeana in Los Angeles; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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