Statute Of Limitations Of Most Accusations Against John Of God Have Run Out

The leader of police investigations says it's unlikely that psychic will be tried for all cases, but it's important that the victims come forward to help with the ones that could go to trial

Fábio Fabrini
Goiânia

Precinct chief Karla Fernandes, the police officer responsible for investigating the sexual abuse allegations against John of God (João de Deus) said on Monday that the psychic wouldn't be tried for many of the accusations against him.

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There are 15 cases currently under investigation in her division, and they refer to sexual molestation through fraud (in this case, using the victim's faith to commit sexual acts against their will).

According to Fernandes, until September 2018 the law established a deadline of six months after the fact for the victim to make a criminal complaint. But all of the allegations happened long ago, with no victims coming forward until now.

John of God's followers inside his spiritual healing center in Abadiânia, Goiás
John of God's followers inside his spiritual healing center in Abadiânia, Goiás
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Since then, the law changed, but it is not retroactive for past offenses.

Fernandes pointed out that the victims should continue to come forward, even if the statute of limitations in their situations has expired because they can be witnesses and reinforce the evidence against João de Deus.

State Attorney Luciano Miranda, a member of the task force investigating João de Deus for sex crimes, also said on Monday that his office has already received 506 accounts of women saying that João de Deus molested them.


Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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