October 29, 2012
By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel
Opening statements are slated to begin Tuesday in Orlando federal court in the case against a gangster turned self-proclaimed “Apostle,” accused of sexually abusing children he made “prophets” in his ministry.
Authorities say Luis “Tito” Morales groomed victims through En Fuego for Jesus, a ministry he and wife, Linda Morales, started out of their Ormond Beach home in 2003.
Through En Fuego, Tito Morales and Linda Morales — a self-proclaimed prophet — tried to recruit people throughout Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras.
Tito Morales is accused of grooming a 12-year-old for sex, and told her that in order to continue in the church that she needed to “service him” as the “Apostle,” according to a transcript of a May 17 initial appearance hearing.
Morales took the child to Connecticut, and while on the trip, molested her, according to documents in the case.
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