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Officials looking for man believed to be in Washington

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Victor Barnard

The Washington State Patrol’s criminal investigation division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct involving two young females.

On April 11, the Pine County Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Victor Barnard.

The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into his behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County. 

Later on April 11, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane area.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating efforts with the state of Washington and Homeland Security to apprehend Barnard.   

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Barnard is urged to call WSP Detective Ryan Spangler at 509-227-6644 or the Pine County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 320-629-8342.

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