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.