Victor Barnard sex cult charges: Most bizarre allegations

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An undated photo of Barnard with his "Maidens."
On April 11, Victor Barnard, leader of a Christian religious sect called the River Road Fellowship, was charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in Pine County for allegedly forcing two young girls to regularly have sex with him between 2000 and 2009.

The lengthy criminal complaint makes for horrifyingly fascinating reading. It lays out how Barnard, who is currently the subject of a nationwide manhunt, separated the girls from their families, used religion to persuade them to enter sexual relationships with him, and then manipulated them into staying at "Shepherd's Camp" in Finlayson, Minnesota, even after they expressed a desire to leave.

We highlight the most bizarre allegations from the complaint below the jump.

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5. Barnard called the his select group of virgins "Maidens." Some of them weren't yet teenagers when they moved into Shepherd's Camp (all quotations taken directly from criminal complaint):
"The leader and minister of the River Road Fellowship was Victor Arden Barnard, DOB 9-14-1961. In July 2000, Barnard set up a group of young females at Shepherd's Camp that were referred to as Alamoth or the Maidens Group ["Alamoth" is a word for virgin in the Bible]. B was invited by Barnard to join Alamoth and live at Shepherd's Camp. She and her father thought that this was a summer camp and she decided to go. She was thirteen years old when she moved to Shepherd's Camp. Nine other females also moved to Shepherd's Camp at the same time in July 2000. These girls ranged in age from 12-24."
4. Barnard told the parents of one of the girls who came forward to authorities years later that he might have sex with her, but that didn't seem to bother them (she was 14 at the time):
"In 2001, Barnard had a meeting with her and her parents and Barnard told her parents he might have sex with B. At that time he was already having sex with B but he did not say that. B then believed her parents knew and were okay with Barnard's behavior."
3. Ironically, it was a sex scandal of a far more traditional sort that initially tore River Road Fellowship apart:
"There had been a division in the group that caused many to separate because Barnard had admitted to having sexual relations with multiple married women in the group. Barnard came to Brazil to visit near the very end of B's trip [B was traveling with another Maiden who was from Brazil and had to head home because her visa had expired]. She then left Brazil and moved to Washington to be with the other remaining Maidens. When B arrived in Washington, she did not like it. She was upset by Barnard's confession to his affairs with married women and she wanted to be with her parents again. Before Barnard returned from Brazil, B moved to Pennsylvania to be with her parents. This was in 2010."
(For more click to page two.)

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midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

The parents who left their daughters with this man for months and years should be exterminated to keep their stupid genes from spreading any further.

Lisa Crute Spah
Lisa Crute Spah

So many out there like this using the Word of The Lord to fulfill their sick pleasures while destroying the spirits of God's children! Makes me sick!

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

Can we put away the parents for child endangerment/abuse/neglect?

Monte Fontaine
Monte Fontaine

One can only wonder how many more groups like this are out there operating...and how many more parents have lost the basic instinct to protect their kids from wackos like him due to their religious indoctrination.

Septa Penta
Septa Penta

The man is just a symptom of the sick society that produced him.

Deana Schinkoeth
Deana Schinkoeth

Our cabin is in Finlayson not far from where the cult lived. They appeared out of nowhere and left the same way.

Maurya Eystad
Maurya Eystad

I hope they put him away forever in a deep dark hole & he gets what he deserves ...what a sick bastard

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Religious people are usually pretty stupid.   A good way to get rich or have sex is to spend your time scamming and tricking religious people.   Evil monsters like this guy take advantage of the stupid.  Just like the Catholic Church which used stupid people to help protect pedophiles.  Sadly this will continue as long as there is religion.  Awful the terrible parents in this story.  

revbobbysneakers1 topcommenter

understand the need for clickbait, but the sect itself isn't a sex cult. that was apparently only barnard's use of it. the other members sound like any other religious group that forms around a charismatic leader.


Your "Word of the Lord," is no different.  It's a system created by man to exert influence and control over others for power and material gain.  This is just another example of it being taken too far and getting noticed.

Just because your church has only taken your money and your mind doesn't make you any less a victim.


Yep, like all those other normal religious groups that send their underage girls off to live on a farm with a strange middle-aged man...


@vitajex  TBF all cults have this similar trend towards sex abuse and property theft or fraud. They're a tool for one or a few deluded people to get what they want. Calling the group a "sex cult" might be redundant. 

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