Guilty Plea Appears Close in Latest Kanakuk Sex Case

The Turner Report
May 16, 2012

Online Taney County Circuit Court documents indicate an Auburn, Ala., man may be about to plead guilty to sex charges involving underaged boys.

The arraignment for Lee Bradberry, 22, a former Kanakuk counselor, scheduled for May 14, was canceled. indicates a disposition hearing, usually indicating sentencing, is set for 9 a.m. June 11.

On April 11, Bradberry's attorney, J. Eric Mitchell, filed a motion to shorten time, indicating that his client might be ready for a plea.

Bradberry is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of sexual molestation and single counts of sexual misconduct and attempted statutory sodomy, all involving underage boys who were under his charge as a counselor at Kanakuk Kamps in Branson.

Bradberry is the second Kanakuk staffer to face charges involving underage boys in the past three years. Pete Newman is serving two life sentences after pleading guilty in 2010.

Bradberry is free on $100,000 bond.


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