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04 December 2023

53-year-old US man wanted on 59 counts of abuse

She died in a hospital last week, prompting street protests in the capital, Kathmandu, and her hometown. (Shutterstock)


An American man suspected of multiple sexual assaults on young women while running a cult has been detained in Brazil, police said Saturday.

Police ran 53-year-old Victor Barnard, wanted on 59 counts of abuse, to the ground in the beach resort of Pipa, near the northern city of Natal after a search coordinated with US authorities, Globo reported.

Barnard, who founded his River Road Fellowship sect in Minnesota, is accused of a series of assaults between 2000 and 2012. He was the subject of an international manhunt.


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