A Brazilian faith healer, Joao Teixeira de Faria, aka “John of God,” turned himself in to police on Sunday.
The faith healer is facing accusations of sexually assaulting more than 300 women–including his daughter, Dalva Teixeira. Up until last week, De Faria, 76, has been practicing faith healing for four decades, which followers claim to have the powers to heal everything, including cancer.
After allegations of his sexual misbehaviors started to surface, De Faria went on the run. De Faria failed to turn himself in, following an arrest warrant. However, he surrendered himself on Sunday, in Brazil’s central state of Goias.
In an interview, his daughter, Teixeira said, “My father is a monster.” Texeira claims her father abused and raped her when she was just a young girl.
De Faria had an international audience, a lot of them women, seeking help. He practiced “psychic surgeries” in a small town in Brazil. In 2012, he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk-show. Since the allegations started surfacing, the interview has been removed.
According to Folha de Sao Paulo, a newspaper, De Faria said, “I surrender to divine justice and justice on Earth.”
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