The Court of Pontevedra has sentenced Feliciano Miguel Rosendo, 60, founder and leader of the Order and Mandate San Miguel Arcángel, known as the Miguelianos, to nine years in prison for a crime of continued sexual abuse with prevalimiento and penetration. The court has given credibility to the ex-congresswoman of the order, victim and witness of charge in the trial that from the beginning of the process was also accused by the prosecution. But the call Miguelianos case closes with the acquittal of 22 crimes and the 52-year reduction with respect to the prosecutor's request
As proven facts, the sentence records the story of the victim who was nine years old when Rosendo, as a healer, examined her in one of her herbalist's shops. "When he reached the chest area, he touched him while telling him that he was touching him now because he would not leave him when he was older," the ruling says.
The abuse continued at age 14 and until the victim was of legal age and became a "staff" of the order, a position of maximum trust of the founder. It affects the court in the fact that the victim "felt a special admiration" for Rosendo, "having become his authentic father and his best friend, a circumstance that the defendant took advantage of to satisfy his sexual desires and in particular with this libidinous spirit abused it ", in the period between 1996 and 2012.
According to sources advanced from the Superior Court of Galicia on Friday, the ruling, against which recourse can be given, absolves the famous healer of Vigo of 22 other crimes and lowers to a minimum the expectations of the private prosecution and the Prosecutor's Office of Pontevedra that had requested for him 82 and 66 years of prison respectively.
The court of the fourth section of Pontevedra has not proven another crime of sexual abuse and aggression, nor other five of coercion, three against sexual freedom, twelve against moral integrity and another of illicit association for which Miguel Rosendo was in preventive prison for a maximum term of four years. He was released after the trial with precautionary measures by court decision.
The trial against Miguel Rosendo and six other people of the order was seen for sentencing at the end of November after a long trial of thirty sessions in which more than a hundred people testified, including prosecution and defense witnesses, experts and judicial police that carried the weight of the investigation.
Miguel Rosendo denied one after the other the accusations at the trial and declared in tears that "he did everything out of love". He argued in his defense that he had always followed the guidelines of the Bishopric of Tui-Vigo that approved the statutes of the order until he was denounced by the families of several members of the congregation in 2014, for which he was arrested.
The ruling is a setback for the investigation and after the prosecutor had ratified his indictment at the trial. East considered proven crimes of aggression and sexual abuse, as well as illicit association, and has not hesitated to qualify as "sect" the functioning and structure of the Order. "Nothing was done without his consent" and "Rosendo was the indispensable figure", he said at the end of the trial and stressed "the limitations of his intellectual capacity" of the alleged victims based on the psychological evaluation made by the experts.
In a context of "suggestion" of the Miguelianos members and "their lack of critical capacity," the prosecutor was forceful: "We can look the other way", after reporting episodes about the techniques of coercive persuasion used by Rosendo, who resorted to "humiliations", "insults" and "physical aggressions" to impose his leadership, even came to describe situations of "slavery".
The prosecutor also considered that The Church is a civil liability subsidiary in the case, specifically the Bishopric of Tui-Vigo, which protected the constitution and functioning of the Order. "He had a passive attitude" by not reacting in 2006 to the denunciation that the mother of a member of the Order brought to the attention of Bishop Luis Quinteiro Fiuza about the erratic behavior of the group.