The former director of Kanakuk Kamps is facing charges out of La Plata County, Colorado for an alleged sexual assault of a child under the age of 15.
Peter "Pete" D. Newman, 34, Lebanon, Ohio, was arrested on a Colorado warrant as he made an appearance on a change of venue motion last week in Taney County. Newman was charged last September with several alleged sex offenses against underage boys who were campers at Kanakuk.
In Colorado he is suspected of sexual assault on a child under 15 by a person in a position of trust for an alleged sexual assault that took place in September of 2008 at Kanakuk's K-Colorado facility near Vallectito. Joe White sold K-Colorado to his daughter and son-in-law. They have renamed it Kivu.
Kanakuk Kamps is Christian summer camp for boys and girls between ages 7 and 18 headquartered out of Branson, MO.
Newman, had been employed by Kanakuk for ten years before his resignation and termination last year.
Investigator Sam Eggleston with the La Plata County sheriffs office says that his office is conducting an investigation to try and determine if there are any more victims in their jurisdiction. "Sexual assault cases are a touchy subject. There's a lot of pain and embarrassment that accompanies cases like this. Cooperating victims will make the cases against Newman easier to prosecute." Eggleston says the investigation is ongoing.
I've been in touch with agencies in multiple states who are considering charges against Newman."
Newman, who is being held in the Taney County jail on $250,000 bond out of CO (Taney County is holding him without bond,) will not be officially charged with the suspected Colorado offense until he is extradited to Colorado and is formally arraigned.
Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell says that just because his office filed charges against Newman first that doesn't necessarily mean that they will have trial advantage, "whoever has their case ready to go first will get the first crack at Mr. Newman."
Newman's next scheduled court appearance is March 4, 2010 in Taney County.
NOTE: When I made a call to Kanakuk last week I was told that Kivu had been sold to the son and daughter-in-law of Joe White. One of the readers of my blog brought it to my attention that it was sold to White's daughter and son-in-law. Another call to Kanakuk was made, and this time I was told the correct owners are in fact White's daughter and son-in-law.
In new jail intake records from Newman's latest arrest he lists Lebanon, Ohio, as his home.
The story has been corrected.