M.I. Nestel has written an extensive profile of the “self-professed holy man, Victor Arden Barnard,” over at The Daily Beast. Barnard was captured in Brazil on Friday after being on the run for about a year for allegedly having sex with girls as young as 12.
… Read the restHe claimed to be a Savior. But he turned on the teenage girls in his flock. And when they spoke up, he went on the lam.
“Christ in the flesh” has been captured. And now, his alleged victims and embittered kin are left to process the damage he’s wrought.
Self-professed holy man Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was busted in a beachside community in Brazil on Friday after almost a year on the run—and three months on the U.S. Marshals Service’s Most Wanted List. For years, according to court documents, Barnard had his way with several girls as young as 12, including a Brazilian exchange student, and also fornicated with church members’ wives back in his sect’s original compound based in Finlayson, Minnesota.