Authorities issue nationwide manhunt for preacher accused of 59 counts of molestation

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MINNESOTA – Authorities nationwide are searching for a Minnesota minister accused of 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct with two young girls while they were members of his church.

Victor Barnard, 52, was last seen in Spokane, Washington, according to a written statement from the Washington State Patrol.

Two women allege that Barnard started molesting them at the ages of 12 and 13.

Authorities in Minnesota announced 59 charges after a two-year investigation into allegations from the two women. 

The search for Barnard began in Spokane, Washington, where he had moved.