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. Fifty-three-year-old Victor Barnard is charged with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two members of a “Maidens Group” within a church he led called the River Road Fellowship.
People who follow Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson on Twitter have questioned why he’s responded to the child abuse allegations with religious quotes. When news of the child abuse investigation broke, Peterson posted writings about judging others, and being on God’s course.
A 55-year-old pastor from Cambridge, Minn., was sentenced Wednesday to 160 days in jail and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a mentee. Ryan Jay Muehlhauser had pleaded guilty in February to two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.
A 55-year-old Cambridge man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct while giving spiritual device as a minister, according to the Isanti County Attorney’s Office.
A former Lutheran pastor from rural Gibbon in south-central Minnesota goes on trial this week on charges he had illegal sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.