Faria founded his psychic healing center in 1976, but he did not reach true international fame until he was promoted by Oprah Winfrey about five years ago. Since she produced a special focusing on his “spiritual healing” methods, which include channeling “spirits of the dead” and conducting surgery on patients suffering serious illnesses without anesthesia, his center attracts thousands of tourists annually, including several celebrities, among them Paul Simon, Naomi Campbell, and, according to some, Bill Clinton.
(James Barrett – Daily Wire) Prosecutors have brought their first charges against self-proclaimed “spiritual healer” Joao Teixeira de Faria amid sexual abuse allegations by hundreds of women and girls, including his own daughter.
After being officially declared a fugitive of the law Saturday, and reportedly attempting to withdraw nearly $9 million from the bank, Faria turned himself into authorities on Sunday. Five days later, prosecutors leveled their first charges against him.
On Thursday, prosecutors in Abadiania — the central Brazilian town in which Faria runs his lucrative, world famous spiritual healing center — charged Faria with sexual violation through fraud, the Associated Press reports.
Since the first accuser, a Dutch choreographer, came forward on Brazilian television, over three hundred women and girls have informed authorities that he sexually abused them. One of his accusers is Faria’s daughter.