As a Carlos Osorio-directed documentary living up to its title in every way imaginable, Netflix’s ‘The Darkness Within La Luz del Mundo’ can only be described as equal parts baffling and haunting. That’s because it carefully comprises not just archival footage but also exclusive interviews to really shine a light upon the generational, systematic abuse of young girls in this infamous church. It thus comes as no surprise a significant focus is placed upon victim-turned-groomer Alondra Ocampo as well — so now, if you simply wish to learn more about her, we’ve got the details for you.
Who is Alondra Ocampo?
Although Alondra was not born into La Luz del Mundo (or The Light of the World), she did grow up surrounded by its teachings owing to her parents’ decision to become ardent followers by 1984. She was barely one at this point, yet she soon found herself catching the eye of their then-apostle Samuel Joaquín Flores by willingly getting heavily involved with the sect’s internal activities. Though little did the Los Angeles native know this would culminate in him raping her at the tender age of 8 while on a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, only for it to soon become a routine of sorts.
According to Alondra, Samuel sexually abused her almost every chance he got during similar church trips, just for one incident to go to such an extent it forever impaired her ability to have kids. He’d reportedly inserted a forging object deep into her body, causing a wound that either was or remained unrepaired because she never opened up regarding her brutal experiences to anyone. After all, per court records, she’d also been conditioned into thinking that whatever she was enduring was God’s will and it was her sole purpose to serve the apostle’s every need for salvation.
However, things grew utterly complicated for Alondra once her abuser passed away on December 8, 2014, because she was then quickly targeted by his son/successor, Naasón Joaquín García. The latter actually appointed her branch leader for East Los Angeles not long after coming into power, and it turns out one of his primary instructions to her was to groom the young girls he liked. She hence ended up instilling the very things she’d been taught to these future victims — she manipulated them by asserting they were going against God’s will if they refused to serve their apostle.
In other words, when Alondra served as a leader, she segregated the girls Naasón picked, coerced them into accompanying her on church trips, and had them participate in extremely explicit actions. This allegedly comprised pornographic photoshoots as well as private, suggestive dance performances in minimal clothing before things actually proceeded to sexual abuse at the hands of their head. Therefore, once several former members came forward with their traumatic stories, she, Naasón, plus another member Susana Medina Oaxaca were arrested by Californian authorities on June 3, 2019.
Where is Alondra Ocampo Now?
Alondra initially faced several charges of child pornography production, forcible rape concerning minors, human trafficking, plus other criminal actions executed in Los Angeles between 2015 and 2018. It was thus unsurprising her arraignment not guilty plea resulted in her being ordered to stay at the Sheriff’s Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood ahead of her trial on a $25 million bond. Yet in the end, in November 2020, the 38-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of contact with a minor to commit sexual offenses, along with one count of forcible sexual penetration.
As a result of Alondra’s plea as well as her visible remorse – she sobbed while listening to victim impact statements read aloud by two of the girls’ mothers – she was sentenced to a mere four years in prison with credit for time already served. Nevertheless, according to reports, she was granted premature release on parole for good behavior in early December 2022 — it hence appears as if she’s currently free and keeping a low profile while surrounded by the support of her husband, Christopher Kellermeyer. All this is actually despite the fact a few of the primary victims filed a civil lawsuit against their abusers in September 2022, which even details her extensive actions as a groomer and coercer. But since the matter is still in court, Alondra remains free.