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Brazil police say celebrity faith healer has turned himself in

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 17, 2018 / 12:31 AM GMT By Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO &#821 1; A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women turned himself in to authorities Sunday in Brazil's central state of Goias, Joao Teixeira de Faria, who is known as Joao de Deus or John of God, had been given until 3 pm Saturday to comply with an arrest warrant, but he did not surrender at the deadline and was deemed a fugitive from justice, officials had said. He finally surrendered Sunday afternoon on the outskirts of Abadiania, a city in Goias, a Civil Police officer told The Associated Press. The officer's name could not be used under police regulations. According to a video released by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, the Faria said: "You surrender to divine justice and justice on Earth." De Faria, 76 , was to spend the night at the State Delegation of Criminal Investigations in the state capital. He has been a faith healer for four decades in a small town in central Brazil and became famous for conducting "psychic surgeries" that he said could cure diseases, including cancer. The allegations against the Faria first surfaced last week, with several individuals going on a Globo Television show to recount charges that he had been sexually violent with them or relatives. After that, authorities were contacted by more…

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1; A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women turned himself in to authorities Sunday in Brazil’s central state of Goias,

Joao Teixeira de Faria, who is known as Joao de Deus or John of God, had been given until 3 pm Saturday to comply with an arrest warrant, but he did not surrender at the deadline and was deemed a fugitive from justice, officials had said.

He finally surrendered Sunday afternoon on the outskirts of Abadiania, a city in Goias, a Civil Police officer told The Associated Press. The officer’s name could not be used under police regulations.

According to a video released by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, the Faria said: “You surrender to divine justice and justice on Earth.”

De Faria, 76 , was to spend the night at the State Delegation of Criminal Investigations in the state capital.

He has been a faith healer for four decades in a small town in central Brazil and became famous for conducting “psychic surgeries” that he said could cure diseases, including cancer.

The allegations against the Faria first surfaced last week, with several individuals going on a Globo Television show to recount charges that he had been sexually violent with them or relatives. After that, authorities were contacted by more than 300 other accusers, including the Faria’s adult daughter, Dalva Teixeira.

In an interview published Friday by Brazilian magazine Veja, Teixeira said that under the pretense of mystical treatments he abused and raped his daughter between the ages of 10 and 14.

She said her father stopped after she became pregnant by one of his employees. Teixeira said she was beaten so severely by her father that she suffered a miscarriage.

“My father is a monster,” she said.

Representatives for the law office representing the Faria have said that they were not making statements on The case.

The Faria attracted followers from around the world, all looking for spiritual guidance or cures for afflictions.

He gained international exposure in 2012 when Oprah Winfrey visited his retreat to interview him for her talk show. In een sinds-verwijderde column op oprah.com, Winfrey schreef dat ze was overweldigd door de ervaring van het zien van hem in de borst van een vrouw zonder anesthesie en dat ze liet voelen “een overweldigende zin van vrede.”

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