John of God’s real name is Joao Teixeira de Faria and he is suspected of sexually assaulting more than 300 women, most of whom sought him for “psychic surgery”. He had been the target of an arrest warrant but initially did not comply. He surrendered this afternoon after what Agência Brasil characterized as “a long period of negotiation”. De Faria was reportedly accompanied by his defense team.
The 76-year-old will be housed for now, say authorities, in an individual cell, away from other prisoners, in the Prison Complex of Aparecida de Goiania. His pre-trial period has no timeline but his apparently special isolation is reportedly the result of a successful negotiation between de Faria’s attorneys and state prosecutors. He needs to be away from inmates, argued his lawyers, because of his history of stomach cancer.