By Mark I. Johnson
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ORLANDO — Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the trial of an Ormond Beach pastor who federal prosecutors called a serial sexual predator who molested children in a child sex trafficking case.
The defense for Luis E. Morales said the allegations are “outlandish” claims of children with no physical evidence or witnesses to back them up.
Morales, 58, sat quietly as Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gable laid out the prosecution’s case claiming he used his position as the self-proclaimed “apostle” of the En Fuego For Jesus ministry to fondle, and in one case rape four little girls between the ages of 10 and 14.
She said Morales taught the victims that to become “ordained prophets” in the church they had to accept this abuse.
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