Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Former Kanakuk Employee Facing Sex Charges Posts Bond:

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Lee Bradberry is free on bond


A former Kanakuk Kamp counselor has posted bond and been released from jail pending trial, according to online court records.

Lee Bradberry, 22, Auburn, Ala., is facing six felony charges related to alleged sex crimes committed against underage boys who were attending the camp last summer. Those charges include two counts of sexual molestation, two counts of statutory sodomy and one count each of attempted statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct.

Bradberry waived formal arraignment and pled not guilty to the charges yesterday (04-16-12.)  He is scheduled to reappear in court on May 14th.

Bradberry is the third employee or volunteer of the Branson based Christian youth camp in the last three years to face sex charges related to underage boys.


Peter Daniel Newman (mug shot MDOC)



Pete Newman, the former assistant camp director for Kanakuk, was sentenced to two life terms plus thirty years after he pleaded guilty in 2010 to multiple sex charges involving young boy's who were in his care at the camp.

Last year, Ed Ringheim, of Windermere, Florida, a volunteer who transported underage boys to the camp from Florida was charged with seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.


Edward L. Ringheim


Ringheim worked at Universal Studios and volunteered for K-Life in Orlando. Authorities allege he used free passes to the amusement park as enticement to molest some of the boys he accompanied to Branson.

Court records indicate that 10% of Bradberry's $100,000 bond was paid in cash and that his parent's signed a signature bond for the remaining $90,000.

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