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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary | The Regional
Review / DEVELOPMENTS IN ORANGE, RIVERSIDE, SAN BERNARDINO
AND VENTURA COUNTIES : LOS ANGELES

Faith Healer Charged With Raping 7 Women

March 10, 2000

Nineteen criminal charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of raping seven women since Christmas after telling them he was a faith healer who could cause great harm if they refused his demands, police said.

Carlos Hugo Catalan, 49, has been held on $2 million bail since his arrest Jan. 13 by Southwest Division officers.

Detectives said the victims are Latinas between 12 and 43 years old who had known Catalan for years as a curandero, or faith healer.

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