Plea Agreement Reached for Victor Barnard

Pleaded guilty to sexual assault

A plea agreement was reached Tuesday October 11, involving 55-year-old Victor Barnard who pleaded guilty to sexual assault. He has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Barnard is the former leader of the religious organization, River Road Fellowship, which is close to Finlayson.

He was accused of molesting children that were part of his faith based community.

Barnard had originally fled to Brazil, but the U.S. Government extradited him, and was to have his trial in Pine County.