A Brazilian faith healer who was accused of sexual abuse by more than 300 women has turned himself in a day after being officially ruled a fugitive, local news media reported on Sunday.
João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as John of God and who became a celebrity when Oprah Winfrey broadcast a report on his healing methods in 2013, surrendered to the authorities in a roadway in Abadiânia, several news outlets said.
Since 1976, he has led a spiritual centre in Abadiânia, a small town in the central Brazilian state of Goiás.
A judge issued an arrest warrant for Faria last Friday, giving him until 2pm on Saturday to surrender. After he failed to report to the authorities, Faria was officially ruled a fugitive.
Faria drew thousands of Brazilians and foreigners to his spiritual centre in Abadiânia.
He denied the accusations last Thursday when he visited his centre and spoke to a crowd of followers. His lawyer last Saturday said Faria would turn himself in and file an appeal on Monday.
Faria could face charges of rape, with a prison sentence of 10 years if convicted, and rape of a vulnerable person, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years.
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REF: Brazilian faith healer accused of raping:Dec 17th, 2018 - 12:11 pm 0
If guilty as charged; he should face the consequences BUT IS THAT FAIR?
Afterall, the politicians are raping the country for years but the population still willing to support & elect them. So why only this guy suffer the consequences while the politicians enjoy privileges and special protections?