(KMSP) - The Brazilian Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to turn over an alleged Minnesota cult leader to American authorities by June 1. An attorney representing Victor Barnard says that is consistent with efforts by the U.S. Embassy to get Barnard’s travel documents in order.
One stipulation to the Brazilian Supreme Court order is that any sentence given to Barnard in the U.S., if convicted, would be no longer than 30 years and include time served in Brazil. It’s unclear if prosecutors would honor that request.
After the Fox 9 Investigators exposed allegations that Barnard has sex with two juvenile females in his religious group, The River Road Fellowship, he was subsequently charged with 52 counts of criminal sexual conduct. After the charges were issued, Barnard is believed to have fled the country.
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