Former Cult Leader Sentenced

Cult leader Victor Barnard has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges in Pine County, Minnesota.

He pleaded guilty to two of 52 counts and said he wanted to spare the victims a trial.  Barnard will spend 30 years in prison.

Two women who were part of Barnard’s River Road Fellowship say he sexually abused them for a decade, starting when they were just 12 and 13 years old.

Barnard once had 140 followers who believed his word was “the word of God.”