Brazilian authorities arrest suspected U.S. cult leader

Brazil captures suspected U.S. cult leader wanted on charges of sexually abusing underage girls at a Minnesota religious compound.

NATAL, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 27, 2015) (MILITARY POLICE) – On Friday (February 27), Brazilian authorities arrested an alleged U.S. cult leader, who faces dozens of sexual abuse charges against young girls.

Fifty-three-year-old Victor Barnard was captured in the northern city of Natal by military police.

The Minnesota man is charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual abuse for allegedly sexually assaulting young girls at his rural River Road Fellowship community from 2000 to 2009.

According to Minnesota newspapers, two underage girls accuse him of raping them while they lived in his “Maidens Group” and said Barnard said that having sex with him was God’s will.

Barnard was placed on the U.S. Marshall’s 15 Most Wanted list.

He faces formal extradition to the United States to stand trial in Minnesota.