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Mexico probes child sex allegations in religious sect

Published on Jan 31, 2013 6:27 AM

NUEVO LAREDO (AFP) - The Spanish leader of a sect in Mexico who saw himself as the reincarnation of Christ is being investigated over claims children were forced into sex, an official said on Wednesday.

Mexican authorities broke up the cult, Defenders of Christ, during a raid on a house near the US border in Nuevo Laredo city, where 14 foreigners, including Spaniard Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba, and 10 Mexicans were found.

Gonzalez de Arriba was accused by former members of "promoting illegal sexual practices in which he forced minors to participate and we are working on that," a source in the prosecutor's office told AFP.

Another official said that leaders of the cult were being investigated for human trafficking.

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