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Reputed spiritual healer in Anaheim charged with raping 2 women

ANAHEIM — A 69-year-old self-proclaimed “spiritual healer” who does business in Anaheim was charged Wednesday with raping two women.

Leopoldo Garcia Garcia was charged with two counts of forcible rape, according to court records. One victim was allegedly raped Aug. 11 and the other on Oct. 1, 2018, according to the criminal complaint.

Garcia also faces a sentencing enhancement for multiple victims.

Garcia was in custody at the jail in Anaheim in lieu of $100,000 bail, but freed after posting bail, so the charges filed Wednesday include a warrant for his arrest with a $1 million bail requested.

One of the alleged victims, who is in her 40s, said she was sexually assaulted multiple times over the last several weeks when she came to Leopoldo Garcia for his services at his business Botanica El Padrino in the Anaheim Market Place at 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd., said Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer.

Garcia, also known as Leo or Curandero, bills himself as a spiritual healer who tells clients that he can help them remove a curse on them if they have sex with him, Carringer said.

Investigators are concerned there may be more alleged victims and asked for anyone with relevant information to call detectives at 714-765-1617.


Source: Orange County Register

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