Victims criticize neighbors regarding a cult leader

By KBJR News 1

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Victims criticize neighbors regarding a cult leader

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM CST

Pine County, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A former Pine County man is facing 59 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct involving two young females.

52–year–old Victor Barnard ministered to a religious group in Northern Pine County. The Director the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Barbara Dorris, expressed concern about neighbors who knew something was going on but said nothing.

"We are very upset at those in Pine County, MN, who suspected wrongdoing at Victor A. Barnard's compound but kept silent about it. We call on each and every one of them who saw or heard or experienced unusual behavior there to contact law enforcement officials immediately," Dorris said.

The Pine County Attorney's Office issued a criminal complaint for Barnard explaining all the charges which were a result of a multi–year investigation.

Dorris urges anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Barnard to immediately call police.

A nationwide warrant for the arrest of Barnard was put into effect on Friday. Barnard's last known location is in the Spokane, WA, area.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Barnard, you are asked to call the Pine County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (320) 629–8342 and ask to speak with Chief Deputy Blackwell regarding Barnard.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com

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