A Filipino evangelist and big supporter of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is being accused by a former church follower of running a “child sex ring.”
Kristina Angeles came to Hawaii on a religious visa in 2014 working for Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church in Waipahu.
But in court documents, her attorney said Angeles was one of several minors forced to have sex with Quiboloy, who calls himself “the appointed son of God.” The lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Grant Giventer, made the allegations in a court case, in which his client is being accused by a female church member of sex assault.
“If this matter goes to trial, I’m confident that once the jury learns of the brutality and rape perpetrated against Ms. Angeles and other unwilling minors by Pastor Quiboloy, the complainant and other … witnesses will have their credibility eviscerated,” Giventer wrote in a March 19, 2018 memo to prosecutors.
But the church’s local attorney Michael Green said the accusations against Quiboloy are a diversion. The charges and counter-charges led the judge to delay the criminal case to February. Trial was supposed to start on Oct. 15.
“This case … involves a less than ordinary set of circumstances," Circuit Judge Rom Trader said. More on Hawaii News