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Joao de Deus: Brazil 'spiritual healer' ('John of God') accused of sex abuse


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Post by ariel on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 13:21

mac wrote:Great way to put the scares on the police!

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And the reporters, and most likely the judges and lawyers and anyone else involved.
They have a hard, unenviable task ahead.

Hardened professionals admitted they started praying when a news agency photographer in the press pack suddenly fell ill and lost consciousness for a few minutes.

Det Fernandes agreed the unexplained happenings cannot be 'flippantly' dismissed.
'I accept that we are dealing with a situation that involves beliefs and mystic energies,' she said adding she believes John of God has supernatural powers.
'I'm spiritualist and a believer in the spirit world and the paranormal. Although I'm not afraid, I do have a healthy respect for the unknown.'
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 23 Dec 2018, 21:23

'John of God's Australian followers in shock after sexual abuse scandal'

He is illiterate, humble and always deferential to others whom he considers truly Divine. Brazil's Joao de Deus, or John of God, was born poor, accepted his energy gift at 16 years of age and has since healed large numbers of people, millions perhaps, by channelling more powerful entities than himself. Or so the narrative goes.

more   https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/john-of-god-s-australian-followers-in-shock-after-sexual-abuse-scandal-20181220-p50niy.html
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Post by mac on Mon 24 Dec 2018, 00:19

We'll see after investigations are completed and charges brought if there's a case to be answered. It doesn't look good though. hmm
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Post by Misty on Mon 24 Dec 2018, 13:33

The numbers vary depending on what and where you read but there are hundreds of other women now coming forward and testifying against him. However some of the alleged offences occurred too long ago to be taken into account in court, only the most recent ones will be looked at.

He has been jailed and fined before for practising medicine without a licence and they will probably charge him for that again.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 22:52

Misty wrote:He has been jailed and fined before for practising medicine without a licence and they will probably charge him for that again.

Well, he's been charged with a bit more than that this time:

Report - 28th December 2018:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-crime-faithhealer/brazilian-prosecutors-charge-healer-john-of-god-with-rape-sexual-assault-idUSKCN1OR1LJ
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Thursday charged a disgraced Brazilian faith healer with rape and sexual assault, following his arrest after allegations from hundreds of women who said he had sexually abused them while seeking spiritual guidance or psychic healing from him.

João Teixeira de Faria, known as “John of God,” was arrested earlier this month and has been imprisoned since.

He became a celebrity after his healing methods were featured on Oprah Winfrey’s television show in 2013 and drew thousands of Brazilians and foreigners to his spiritual center in the small town of Abadiânia, in the central Brazilian state of Goiás.

His fame has been boosted by supposedly miraculous surgeries he claims to have performed with his hands and without anesthesia.

Goiás prosecutors charged Faria on Friday on four counts of rape and sexual assault, a spokesman said in a statement. Farias has repeatedly said he is innocent.

The accusers are not just Brazilian citizens, according to prosecutors, and include four women from the United States, three from Australia and three from different parts of Europe.


And it seems the police are now considering indicting his wife as an accomplice.

The wife of psychic João Teixeira Faria, known as João de Deus (John of God), Ana Keyla Teixeira (40) can be indicted as an accomplice in the crimes of illegal gun ownership and money laundering, according to the police.

Lead investigator Paula Meotti confirmed it on Wednesday (26th) after hearing Ana Keyla's deposition in Goiânia. John of God's attorney denies all crimes and his wife says all accusations are slander.

Later, during his deposition, the psychic denied any recollection of the women accusation him of molestation. He also rejected any crimes during his spiritual treatments at his center in the small town of Abadiânia, 56 miles away from Goiânia.
Ana Keyla Teixeira, John of God's wife, might be indicted as an accomplice in the crimes of illegal gun ownership and money laundering - Folhapress

Meotti says Ana Keyla is a person of interest in the John of God case. "We are still considering if she will be a key witness or an accomplice, because she would, in theory, know all about the history of sexual abuse," the police officer said.

"We searched the couple's bedroom and private quarters," she said, in connection to the US$ 410,000 (R$ 1.6 million), six guns and gemstones that the police found in some of John of God's properties.

The psychic is in custody in a Goiânia jail since December 16th, after turning himself in.

"Psychic's defense team denies all abuse allegations, and Ana Keyla Teixeira says accusations are slanderous"


https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2018/12/police-considering-indicting-john-of-gods-wife-as-accomplice.shtml







(This report from 24th December 2018):
Nearly 600 complaints were sent to police this month. But many have had to be excluded from the criminal investigation because the acts they alleged happened so many years ago the statute of limitations had lapsed.

Prosecutors in Goias state handling the case told reporters that 255 women had been identified as potential victims whose allegations were being taken into account. Their ages ranged between 9 and 67 at the time they said they were abused.

Police conducted raids on properties linked to Faria and found handguns, gemstones and – hidden behind a false panel in a wardrobe – a suitcase containing the equivalent of US$300,000 in cash.

Just before his arrest, transactions amounting to US$9 million were detected in Faria’s accounts.

The discovery of the weapons prompted a judge on Friday to order additional charges against Faria, saying the investigation suggested the faith healer could be “heading a criminal organisation,” according to the G1 news website.

Faria’s lawyer protested that the judge “made a serious affirmation without any empirical basis”. He also contested the legality of the searches.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 14 Jan 2019, 08:10

The Brazilian celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing hundreds of women is now facing allegations he sold babies to foreigners, including Australians, for up to $70,000 each.

Now, John of God has been hit with stunning new claims that he operated a baby-selling and human trafficking ring from his spiritual compound in Abadiania, 130km south-west of Brasilia.

Prosecutors have reportedly been given information that an unknown number of adoptive parents from five countries, including Australia and the US, bought Brazilian babies for a price between $27,000 and $70,000, according to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo .

The infants were said to be born to impoverished mothers who lived around John of God's compound, the newspaper reported.

Deals for the babies were allegedly brokered by guides, the name given to staunch John of God believers who live in Western countries and assist the travel plans for those wishing to visit the centre in Brazil.

Through his lawyer, Mr De Faria denied all accusations and stated there was no evidence to back up the claims. He has remained in custody since his arrest in December, and he is due to be questioned further by investigators today.

Thousands of Australians, many suffering terminal or debilitating illnesses, have journeyed to John of God's spiritual retreat Casa de Dom Inacio.

Mr Faria's critics have argued the faith healer is nothing more than a charlatan, fleecing the vulnerable for millions of dollars.

Sabrina Bittencourt, the woman who brought the hundreds of sexual abuse claims to the attention of police, is currently in hiding and fears for her safety.

Ms Bittencourt was responsible for the recent baby trafficking and sexual enslavement allegations, last week alerting prosecutors in Sao Paolo to those claims.

According to Ms Bittencourt, local women received food for their families in return for getting pregnant.

It is unknown how many Australians, if any, could have bought a baby or been potentially abused by him.

more   https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/14/11/39/john-of-god-news-australia-sold-babies-allegation
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 27 Jan 2019, 00:04

Report from 9News - 22 January 2019

John of God: Streets once filled with people in white now a ghost town

Dressed in all white, they once arrived in their thousands in the small Brazilian town, hoping to find a cure for cancer, blindness or to stand and rise from their wheelchairs.
But since the dramatic arrest of celebrity faith healer John of God, who boasted he was blessed with divine healing powers , Abadiânia has become a ghost town.

more   https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/22/11/44/john-of-god-abadiania-casa-de-dom-inacio-ghost-town-brazil-news
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Tue 05 Feb 2019, 23:50

FAITH HEALER MYSTERY
Woman who accused John of God cult leader of rape mysteriously kills herself at Spanish home
Sabrina Bittencourt, 38, was reportedly 'living under protection' in Spain after receiving death threats
By Jon Lockett and Natalia Penza
4th February 2019

AN ACTIVIST whose claims led to the "rape" arrest of a celebrity healer called John of God has taken her own life at her hideaway in Spain.
Sex abuse support group Victimas Unidas, which worked with Sabrina Bittencourt, said she had left a note explaining why she killed herself.

Eldest son Gabriel Baum confirmed her death, writing on Facebook: “She took the last step so that we could live. They killed my mother.”
More than 600 women have accused John of God - real name Joao Teixeira de Faria - of sexually abusing them during so-called healing sessions.
He was arrested in his homeland of Brazil in December and remanded in prison before being charged with rape and sexual assault.
The cult leader gained international fame in 2010 when US TV star Oprah Winfrey visited his retreat to interview him for her talk show.
She wrote she left feeling “an overwhelming sense of peace”, although she later deleted the comments and has since said she hopes justice is done.
Teixeira de Faria’s claims of healing powers brought people from around the world to his compounds in the small town of Abadiania.


BABY FARM CLAIMS

Bill Clinton and supermodel Naomi Campbell are rumoured to be among the high-profile celebrities to have visited the 77-year-old.
Mrs Bittencourt, 38, who was "living under the protection" after receiving death threats, claimed Teixeira de Faria ran a “sex slave farm.”
The mum-of-three claimed young girls were held captive to produce babies to be sold on the black market before being murdered.
She was quoted as saying: “Hundreds of girls were enslaved over years, lived on farms in Goias, served as wombs to get pregnant, for their babies to be sold.”
Mrs Bittencourt said she had received reports of the newborns being sold for up to £40,000 in Europe, USA and Australia.
She added: “These girls were murdered after 10 years of giving birth. We have got a number of testimonies.”
Announcing her death Vitimas Unidas said: "(The) group announces with regret the death of Sabrina Bittencourt, which occurred around 9pm on Saturday in Barcelona.
“The activist committed suicide and left a farewell note explaining the reasons why she took her own life.
“We ask you all not to try to contact her relatives. Two of her three children are still not aware of what happened and their father, Rafael Velasco, is trying to protect them.”

more  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8346590/activist-probe-arrest-rapist-john-of-god-commits-suicide/
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 21 Aug 2019, 00:20

update  - August 13, 2019

'Exclusive: John of God's defense will go to court with millionaire compensation claim against Banco Itaú for false information that left the medium arrested'
Read more ... (translated link)


update  - August 18, 2019
The defense attorneys of João de Deus will file with Deic tomorrow, Monday 19th, request to know who is the author of the fake petition in Bacchus Itaú and that led to the decree of arrest of the medium on suspicion that would make a withdrawal of R $ 35 million to flee the country. Based on this false information, the court ordered his arrest.
Read more ... (translated link)
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Post by mac on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 11:51

Wow this story rumbles on.  The eventual outcome could make interesting reading!  We can only hope that the truth will out and that justice will be done. 

Even in our own country - one we might think has a good judicial system - they're far from guaranteed.  Will it be any more likely 'down south' one might wonder?
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Post by Misty on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 13:15

Money speaks or silences depending on the occasion
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Post by mac on Thu 22 Aug 2019, 15:32

I'm hoping that humankind's best behaviour will be evident and not its worst....
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Post by Misty on Thu 05 Sep 2019, 21:02

This video was published on YouTube on 25th March 2019
by Gail Thackray
John of God, the Brazilian healer also known as Joao de Deus was accused of sexual assault from hundreds of women and was arrested. He is currently in jail. Are these claims of sexual abuse true?
In this video I am talking for the first time about these sexual assault charges and Amy Biank, Sabrina Bittencourt and Zahira Lieneke Mous. Biank said in an interview with Laura Eisenhower she was a witness to an abusive act in John of God’s office. Now Gail discusses the issue with them talking about private sessions in John of God’s room.
Please vote and comment as this will be seen by the legal affairs in Brazil.

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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 08 Sep 2019, 16:03

Misty wrote:This video was published on YouTube on 25th March 2019
by Gail Thackray

Hmm ... Gail Thackray, being one of many 'tour guides' for a number of years now cashing in big bucks by running regular 'exclusive' holidays and tours to John of God's Casa in Abadiania, this person might well have her own personal reasons for making such a video.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 25 Sep 2019, 15:00

A John of God Whistleblower -- Is he a Victim of Attack? or a Monster?
In this video Laura Eisenhower interviews the Whistleblower of John of God -- Amy Biank. We will discuss the allegations being thrown at John of God in relation to sexual abuse, pedophilia, child-trafficking and murder. She shares her experience there, what she witnessed and what she knows about the whole situation

Published February 2019

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Post by Misty on Sat 28 Sep 2019, 20:05

After listening to all of that I would say now Guilty as hell!
There must be a lot more powerful people involved in his racket too.  Where are they?  Are they being brought to justice too, or are they getting away with it.  Its all gone a bit quiet now, at least in the news.  Hush hush and cover up.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sun 29 Sep 2019, 13:45

This very telling report was made in 2014 by Australia 60 Minutes




Also check out arrow this LINK

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Today, authorities believe that João de Faria has approximately 90 properties in his name and that of his current wife, Ana Keyla Teixeira Lourenço. The period of acquisition of the goods goes until November 2018. There is a possibility that the medium has used the name of oranges as a way to hide part of the patrimony. The Justice of Goias determined the breach of bank secrecy and tax of 12 people linked to him to cross information. All are considered people of extreme confidence of the medium. In the list of suspects are the wife of João de Deus and the administrator of the Casa Dom Inácio de Loyola, Hamilton Pereira. In the specific case of Hamilton, as he was mayor of Abadiânia, members of the Civil Police do not rule out possible political developments, although this is not at present the focus of the investigation.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Thu 30 Jan 2020, 18:52

Psychic News (Feb 2020 edition) reports that Joao Teixeira de Faria, now aged 77, has been sent to jail for 19 years. 
Sentenced on two charges of rape through sexual fraud and two of the rape of a vulnerable person, each against a different woman, he is still awaiting trial for ten additional sex crime charges and two further charges of illegally possessing firearms.

His defence team's plea that due to his advancing age and heart complications, he should be kept under house arrest, has been dismissed and the judge has ruled that he should serve the sentence in jail.  His legal team plans to appeal against the decision.

PN also reports of various 'unexplained incidents' which occurred when detectives spent two hours interviewing Faria in 2018.

Detective Karla Fernandes told the press:  "Suddenly the computer that was being used to transcribe the suspect's answers to the allegations seemed to have a life of its own and the commands on the keyboard wouldn't work.
When the clerk tried to enter the medium's statement, the keys locked on a specific letter and OOOOOOO was recorded continuously on the screen for a few seconds."


As this had never occurred before, police put it down to a faulty computer, then a printer in the room started to print of its own accord and a fridge blew up.
Detective Fernandes said: "It was hot in the interrogation room and I decided to turn on the air conditioning.
I plugged the lead into an extension shared with a mini-fridge and the electrical wiring suddenly exploded, burning out the fridge.  Everyone in the room screamed with fright.  He (John of God) didn't say a word."


One press report said investigators also believe that two unexplained incidents which occurred before Faria gave himself up "could be lined to the occult."  "A police clerk, who was meant to transcribe the faith healer's testimony at the police station in the rural town of Annapolis, was run over in a car accident and broke his arm.
Investigators originally intended to question the suspect at this small outpost, but the unexpected incident meant the interview had to be transferred to Goliaia, the capital of the state of Goias.
As the press staked out John of God's house in the city of Abadiania, rumours began to circulate that 'spirits' had cursed the reporters, photographers and TV camera crew who had camped for nearly 24 hours waiting for the psychic healer to surrender after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Hardened professionals admitted they started praying when a news agency photographer in the press pack suddenly fell ill and lost consciousness for a few minutes."
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Post by mac on Thu 30 Jan 2020, 20:49

Guilty as charged. 

The law has run its course, the offender will be jailed.  Just as things should be.
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Post by Misty on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 18:08

and there is still a lot more to be looked into regarding all his other shady dealings, in addition to those charges.
According to that Australia 60 minutes report which was made in 2014

Today, authorities believe that João de Faria has approximately 90 properties in his name and that of his current wife, Ana Keyla Teixeira Lourenço. The period of acquisition of the goods goes until November 2018. There is a possibility that the medium has used the name of oranges as a way to hide part of the patrimony. The Justice of Goias determined the breach of bank secrecy and tax of 12 people linked to him to cross information. All are considered people of extreme confidence of the medium. In the list of suspects are the wife of João de Deus and the administrator of the Casa Dom Inácio de Loyola, Hamilton Pereira. In the specific case of Hamilton, as he was mayor of Abadiânia, members of the Civil Police do not rule out possible political developments, although this is not at present the focus of the investigation.
theres a lot more people involved too.  All of them including his wife need to be properly investigated , if not already happening.  Theres a lot more still to come I think.
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Post by mac on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 22:53

Misty wrote:and there is still a lot more to be looked into regarding all his other shady dealings, in addition to those charges.
According to that Australia 60 minutes report which was made in 2014

Today, authorities believe that João de Faria has approximately 90 properties in his name and that of his current wife, Ana Keyla Teixeira Lourenço. The period of acquisition of the goods goes until November 2018. There is a possibility that the medium has used the name of oranges as a way to hide part of the patrimony. The Justice of Goias determined the breach of bank secrecy and tax of 12 people linked to him to cross information. All are considered people of extreme confidence of the medium. In the list of suspects are the wife of João de Deus and the administrator of the Casa Dom Inácio de Loyola, Hamilton Pereira. In the specific case of Hamilton, as he was mayor of Abadiânia, members of the Civil Police do not rule out possible political developments, although this is not at present the focus of the investigation.
theres a lot more people involved too.  All of them including his wife need to be properly investigated , if not already happening.  Theres a lot more still to come I think.

We should hope  for the full force of the law to be applied in all cases and those involved should face the courts.  This is always the correct way in a civilised democracy even though it's sometimes hard to achieve justice for all.

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