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Man wanted on 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children possibly spotted in Raymond

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Detectives with the Washington State Patrol have received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minnesota, charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children. Detectives with the Washington State Patrol have received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minnesota, charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children.
RAYMOND, Wash. -

Washington State Patrol detectives are still searching for a former Minnesota minister who is wanted on 59 counts of sexual molestation of children, and believe he may have been spotted in Raymond, WA on Wednesday.

A witness told police they saw 52-year-old Victor Barnard leaving a McDonald's on Highway 101 in Raymond driving a dark blue Audi 2-door with tinted windows and a spoiler. He had a white woman in the car with him. 

After investigation, Troopers believe Barnard was in the Raymond-Aberdeen area for at least the past week. 

Back in April, the Pine County, MN, Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Barnard. The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into Barnard’s behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.

Later that same day, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash. area. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Victor Barnard, please call 911. Local police agencies are assisting in the search and will be ready for your call.

 

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