MAIDENS MANHUNT: 20 to 30 tips on Victor Barnard in Spokane area - KMSP-TV

MAIDENS MANHUNT: 20 to 30 tips on Victor Barnard in Spokane area

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Investigators with the Washington State Patrol have acted on 20 to 30 tips this week alone in the search for fugitive and alleged cult leader Victor Barnard.

Prosecutors in Pine County, Minnesota have charged Barnard with 59 counts of sexual misconduct involving two of his underage followers after a FOX 9 investigation into the River Road Fellowship.

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The women, now adults, were members of the River Road Fellowship along with their parents and about 140 followers. The women told FOX 9 that when they were just 12 and 13 years old, and with their parents' permission, they went to live with Barnard at a place called Shepherd's Camp near the town of Finlayson, Minn., where they were part of a group of 10 young women known as the Maidens.

The women say Barnard had sexual encounters with the two of them, and the other Maidens, over a decade long period.

Barnard and the majority of the alleged cult's members left the Pine County area in 2008 when allegations first surfaced and have since moved to the Seattle and Spokane areas of Washington

Washington State Patrol Lt. Shane Nelson told The Spokesman-Review they're contacting known associates of Barnard in their attempt to locate him.

Anyone with information of Victor Barnard's whereabouts is asked to call the Washington State Patrol at 609-227-6644 or the Pine County, Minn. sheriff at 320-629-8342.

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