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.Man Shot In Neck During Shootout In St. Paul, Police Say
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.READ MORE: Alexis Saborit Now Charged With 1st-Degree Murder In Girlfriend's Beheading
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.MORE NEWS: 3 Shootings In Minneapolis Leave 6 Injured, 2 Critically
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.