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Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted in Minnesota for sex crimes against girls

In this photo released by Rio Grande do Norte State Security secretary, American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)

In this photo released by Rio Grande do Norte State Security secretary, American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian authorities say they've captured an American sect leader wanted for sex crimes against girls in the United States and who is on the U.S. marshals' most wanted list.

A statement posted Saturday on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government confirms the arrest of Victor Arden Barnard.

Barnard faces 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota.

Brazilian police did not immediately return multiple telephone calls seeking more details about his arrest Friday night in northeastern Brazil.