MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Pine County man who plead guilty to sexually assaulting underage girls who were part of his religious cult was sentenced to a maximum prison sentence Friday.

Victor Barnard, 55, was charged with 59 counts of sexual abuse in 2014. He fled to Brazil and was captured by military police in early 2015.

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Earlier this month, Barnard pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as part of a plea deal. The other 57 charges were dropped as part of the deal.

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Authorities accused Barnard of running a cult and creating a separate “Maidens Group” camp where he lived with girls and women aged 12 to 24.

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Barnard was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday according to the Pine County Attorney. At the sentencing, Barnard gave a brief statement saying Jesus Christ is his savior and God is good.