(RNS) — Mexico’s largest evangelical church, La Luz del Mundo, is defending its leader, despite his arrest on sex crime charges.

The church has denied all charges against Naasón Joaquín García, known by church members as the “The Apostle of Jesus Christ,” in a statement. Church leaders say they are confident Garcia’s innocence will be proven.

“The Apostle of Jesus Christ has always adhered to the law and demonstrated full respect to government institutions and the dignity of all persons,” the church said in a statement.

Garcia and three other women affiliated with the church are facing 26 felony charges for crimes allegedly committed between 2015 and 2018.

The defendants are accused of trafficking underage girls and forcing them to perform sex acts on each

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