A fugitive from Minnesota is now awaiting extradition back to the United States. Victor Barnard, who spent the last year on the US Marshal Service’s most wanted list, is accused of having sex with young girls in his religious camp near Finlayson, some as young as 12 years old.
A former leader of a rural Minnesota Christian community who fled the U.S. after facing sexual abuse charges was captured Friday by Brazilian military police. According to the Brazilian newspaper Globo, 53-year-old Victor Barnard was arrested in a beach condo on the country’s northeastern coast.
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.
Washington State Patrol detectives say they’ve gotten what they think is a credible tip that a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota has been seen in Raymond, near the Washington coast.
The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota.
Authorities have issued a nationwide warrant for a 52-year-old man accused of having sex with 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.