National manhunt underway for Christian leader charged with sexual abuse
- Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
- Updated: April 17, 2014 – 9:45 PM
Officials believe Victor Barnard, who is charged with sexually abusing two girls, hasn’t crossed the U.S. border.
“Officers in Minnesota and Washington are chasing down dozens of leads in their search for Victor A. Barnard — the minister charged with sexually assaulting girls he called his “maidens” in an isolated religious sect near Finlayson, Minn.
Since charges were filed against Barnard, 52, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office has been “absolutely inundated” with tips from across the country, Sheriff Robin Cole said Thursday. “It is nonstop.”
Washington officers and the U.S. Marshals Service are scouring the northeast corner of the state, near Spokane, Barnard’s last known residence, said Lt. Shane Nelson, of the Washington State Patrol. They are canvassing previous residences and “contacting known associates that he’s talked to,” Nelson said. In the last few days, “we’ve acted on 20, 30 tips.”
The charismatic leader of the River Road Fellowship, Barnard faces 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with two girls who told investigators that they were 12 and 13 years old when the sexual abuse began.
One of the victims, Lindsay Tornambe, described Barnard allegedly first raping her when she was 13, a month after she became a maiden. The assaults occurred between one and five times a month for nine years, she said. The other young woman said that Barnard “repeatedly preached to her that he represented Christ in the flesh,” according to the charges.
Former members of his congregation said Barnard left Minnesota in 2009 after being confronted about allegedly sleeping with married, adult women. “A large portion of the group” moved along with him, according to the charges.
In Washington and Minnesota, Barnard’s associates have been “less than helpful” with the law enforcement search, Cole said.”
Read the whole article here http://www.startribune.com/local/255726261.html
When will some more Christian’s begin to wake up and realize that religion also needs to be regulated to some degree.
In Church groups all over the world. Religious abuse is still taking place.Time and time again.Some people’s lives are being ruined.
And by the time someone finally finds out about it.
The damage has already been done
Groups of Christians should be busy, demanding to the authorities, that religious groups should also have need to come under some form of regulation.So as to try to help stop these sorts of religious abuse, before it happens.
But they don’t . It doesn’t seem to happen They don’t seem to even care
Christians mostly seem to be selfishly far more concerned about retaining their right of freedom of religion
Look what freedom of religion also allows to happen
Christians ought to be bloody ashamed of themselves . The ignorant fools blindly continue to help to promote ways for these abuses to continue happening
You can also read another article on this very same disgusting tale here http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/cult-leader-charged-on-59-counts-of-sexual-abuse/
I challenge you to take a good look at this article above. For this is what freedom of religion allows to happen
And will also continue to happen from time to time too. Until some degree of regulations are put in place
(note: material cited within law of fair use)