MN--Victims applaud $1.5 million bail on accused religious predator
For immediate release: Monday, May 16, 2016
We are thrilled that a judge has set a $15 million bail for the head of a religious sect who’s accused of child sex crimes.
Victor Barnard was extradited from Brazil. We share the judge’s concern that a lesser bond might have enabled him to abscond again.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Barnard or others in his sect will call police, protect others, deter wrongdoing and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Bail set at $1.5 million for sect leader charged with abuse
Published June 20, 2016 - Associated Press
PINE CITY, Minn. – A judge set bail at $1.5 million Monday for a religious sect leader who's charged with sexually abusing girls at a secluded compound in rural Minnesota.
Victor Barnard, 54, made his first state court appearance since his extradition from Brazil. U.S. marshals delivered him to the Pine County Jail on Saturday.
Pine County prosecutors charged Barnard in April 2014 with . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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