João Teixeira de Faria

Born Jun 24, 1942

João Teixeira de Faria, known also as João de Deus, is a Brazilian purported medium, "psychic surgeon" and convicted sex offender. He was based in Abadiânia, Brazil, where he ran the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, a "spiritual healing center". He has received media coverage on CNN, ABC News and The Oprah Winfrey Show, amongst others. James Randi and Joe Nickell have exposed his healing procedures as involving nothing more than carnival tricks, and there is no evidence that the benefits that have been reported by patients are anything more than placebo effects.
In 2018, after over 600 accusations of sexual abuse, he turned himself in to police. In December 2019 he was sentenced to 19 years and four months for the rapes of four different women. On 20 January 2020, Faria was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for rape against 5 women. This is the third conviction of the accused. The sentences add up to 63 years and 4 months.
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