Fmr. Sect Member: Woman with Cult Leader was Part of Group

Fmr. Cult Member Says Woman Caught with Leader was Group Member

A former member of a small religious sect says the woman arrested with its leader in Brazil was part of the group back when it was based in Minnesota.

Brazilian authorities on Saturday announced the arrest of self-professed minister Victor Arden Barnard, leader of the River Road Fellowship, who was on the most-wanted list of the U.S. Marshals Service.

He was being held pending extradition.

Barnard was charged in Minnesota last April with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sexual relationships with two girls he had inducted into his “Maidens Group” at the fellowship’s former compound near Finlayson.

Ex-member Jeff Sjolander of Duluth says the woman arrested with Barnard had been one of the “maidens” in Finlayson, so he wasn’t surprised they were together in Brazil.

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