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  1. #1
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    Jun 2010

    MN - Victor Barnard-Road Fellowship-sexually abused underage girls


    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities have issued a nationwide warrant for a 52-year-old man accused of having sex with two underage girls while ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.

    Victor Arden Barnard, originally of Finlayson, Minn., faces 59 felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the alleged abuse that occurred from 2000 until 2009.

    The Pine County Sheriff’s Office says the charges are a result of a multi-year investigation into Barnard’s behavior while being the leader and minister of the River Road Fellowship, which had a camp in Finlayson.

    Along a dead-end road west of Finlayson, Barnard built the religious camp. Neighbor Dale Reed says the group was self-sufficient, butchering their own meat, growing food — and kept largely to themselves.

    “They did stay by themselves. They didn’t mingle with rest of the township or the rest of people in the territory,” Reed said.

    But according to investigators, Barnard told the cult members he, represented Christ. He allegedly convinced them to give up their teenage daughters, where they lived separately with Barnard at what he called Shepherd’s Camp.

    “He was able to use spiritual coercion, spiritual intimidation and creating a very large dependence on him, as the adult of the group and he took advantage of that,” Pine County Chief Deputy Steven Blackwell said.

    The girls saw their parents only occasionally. According to Investigators, Barnard began having sex with a couple girls as young as 13. He allegedly told them he represented God’s flesh, it was OK and not to tell anyone.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2010

    Barnard abused the girls starting in 2000 while in a Christian camp through River Road Fellowship near Finlayson, according to the criminal complaint. The fellowship is an offshoot of The Way International, which describes itself as a global, nondenominational biblical research, teaching and fellowship ministry based in west-central Ohio.

    The two girls and several others, ages 12 to 24, were placed by Barnard in the “Maidens Group,” and he would preach to them about giving themselves to God and never marrying, according to the complaint. The abuse lasted until 2009, the charges continued.

    Many former River Road Fellowship members spoke of Barnard’s power over the group as their minister and how the girls and women in the group treated Barnard “like a rock star, fawning all over him,” according to the complaint.

    A nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash., area. The Sheriff’s Office said it is coordinating with Washington state officials in pursuing him. The Washington State Patrol said Tuesday that it has yet to locate Barnard since it began its manhunt on Friday.

    Pine County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Blackwell said Tuesday that the 59 counts address only the alleged raping of the two women who have so far spoken to law enforcement, and he is confident there are more victims of Barnard.

    “We are hoping to find more that are willing to come forward,” Blackwell said. “I don’t know how we couldn’t think that” there are more girls and women Barnard abused in his “secret little world,” he added.

    Anyone with information about Barnard’s whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-320-629-8342.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2010
    The River Road Fellowship is a splinter group of The Way International


    Which has seen it's own share of controversy


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  5. #5
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    Nov 2008
    I sure hope they find this guy. He makes me sick!
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  6. #6
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    Apr 2013

    Police say a cult leader charged with raping underage girls in Pine County has been spotted in Washington state...

    The Washington State Patrol says they've received information that Barnard has been spotted in Grays Harbor County. Troopers say Barnard was seen leaving a McDonald's on Highway 101 in Raymond with a young woman in a dark blue Audi two-door with tinted windows and a spoiler.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
    Still on the loose:


    The U.S. Marshals Service has added a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing young girls in rural Minnesota to its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list...

    Authorities believe Barnard may have left the country, since he has strong ties to Spain.

    Lindsay Tornambe said she was 13 when, in 2000, Barnard chose a group of 10 girls and young women, ages 12 to 24, to live near him without their families, she said. Parents considered it an honor. Barnard later called them “maidens.” Within about a month, Tornambe said, Barnard had raped her, and it continued for years.

    A second woman told authorities a similar story, according to charges, saying she was 12 when Barnard first raped her, telling her that sex with him was not wrong because he was a man of God.

    The River Road Fellowship began to splinter in 2008 after allegations that Barnard was having extramarital affairs with adult women in the congregation.

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    Fugitive Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard arrested in Brazil

    A Minnesota cult leader who had been the subject of a yearlong global manhunt was arrested Saturday in a beach town in Brazil.

    Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was wanted on 59 counts of sexual assault on girls and young women in the isolated religious community he founded in Pine County. The U.S. Marshals Service coordinated with Brazilian military and law enforcement officials, who arrested Barnard early Saturday. Pictures of a handcuffed Barnard appeared in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.



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  9. #9
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    Jul 2015
    Cult leader Victor Barnard back in Minnesota to face charges

    The county charged Barnard in 2014, setting off an international manhunt. He was arrested in a Brazilian resort town, where he was sheltering with one of his former maidens — a follower from a wealthy Brazilian family.After more than a year in jail, Barnard himself requested the extradition back to Minnesota, his attorney said.

    Marsh Halberg, Barnard's defense attorney, said last month that one condition of the Brazilian court was that any potential sentence for Barnard in the United States not exceed 30 years, which is the maximum he would receive if prosecuted and convicted in that South American country.

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