Cult Leader Who Sexually Abused Girls He Called 'Maidens' Is Extradited, Will Appear in CourtJoanna Rothkopf6/20/16 2:30pmFiled to: victor arden barnardcultssex abuserapeminnesota1033EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkVictor Arden Barnard, head of a Minnesota cult that preyed on young girls that he called “maidens,” was extradited from Brazil over the weekend and is expected to appear in Pine County District Court on Monday. He face 59 counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct for rape and sexual abuse. AdvertisementBarnard, 54, led the River Road Religious Fellowship in Finlayson, Minn. where he lived with 12- to 24-year-old girls, where he taught the girls that he was a Christ figure and encouraged them to have sex with him. According to a local CBS affiliate, one victim was sexually abused from 2000 to 2012.After Barnard fled Minnesota, eventually making it to Brazil, that victim was able to report him. From CBS:AdvertisementAccording to a Brazilian newspaper, Barnard was arrested in the country last February. He was found in a beach condo with a 33-year-old Brazilian woman.The U.S. Marshals Service, which had placed Barnard on its Most Wanted list and had been searching for him since 2014, said it worked with Brazilian authorities to track Barnard down and arrest him. The extradition process took about a year.He was extradited to Minnesota on Saturday.