A manhunt is underway in Minnesota for a youth pastor who allegedly raped dozens of women and girls - after telling them that "God's word" justified the act.

The Star-Tribune reports Victor Barnard, former leader of a cultlike religious group, faces fifty-nine counts of sexual assaults - many involving girls as young as thirteen.  One victim who came forward said in her case the rapes started when she was thirteen and continued over a period of nine years.

Another victim said that Barnard compared their relationship to that of Jesus and Mary Magdeline.

A nationwide warrant has been issued for Barnard's arrest.  he is believed to be hiding in Washington state.





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