Cult leader Barnard attempts suicide

Kanabec County Times

Monday, November 30, 2015

by Mike Gainor

Self-proclaimed pastor and alleged sex offender Victor Barnard, charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of young girls in Pine County, has reportedly attempted suicide in his cell in Brazil.

According to Brazilian news reports, Barnard was placed in the intensive care unit of a regional hospital on Nov. 13 after his suicide attempt. Physicians did not give more information about his health status.

Barnard allegedly sexually abused teen and preteen girls in his care while leading a cult called the “River Road Fellowship” in rural Finlayson between 2000-2009.

Barnard was charged in Pine County Court in April 2014 with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, but attempts to find and arrest him in Washington state, where he and his followers moved in 2009, came up empty.

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