6:30 PM

Lee Julian Bradberry

A former counselor at an Ozarks based Christian youth camp has pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving children in a negotiated plea agreement that caps the maximum sentence.

Some children, who were between the ages of 9 -12, told authorities that Lee Bradberry, 23, of Auburn, Alabama, inappropriately touched them or attempted to have them perform oral sex while they were enrolled at Kanakuk Kamp in Branson in June of 2011.

This is the third time in three years that charges have been filed against former employees or volunteers connected to Kanakuk.
In 2010, former Kanakuk Kamp employee Peter Newman was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus an additional 30 years in prison for sexually abusing youngsters at the camp.  In March of 2011, Edward L. Ringheim of Windermere, Florida, was charged with seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation for inappropriate activity he had with young boys he transported from Florida to Kanakuk Kamp.

Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell says Bradberry, who is free on bond while he awaits sentencing on December 6th, will be sentenced to ten years in prison.