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Lee Julian Bradberry




The sentencing of a former Kanakuk Kamp employee who pleaded guilty to sex charges involving children attending the Ozarks based Christian youth camp has been postponed.

Lee Julian Bradberry was scheduled to be sentenced today in Taney County, however, that was postponed because Judge Mark Orr is presiding over a jury trial in Christian County, according to Taney County circuit clerk Brenda Neal.  Another sentencing date has not been scheduled yet, but Neal said she believes that it will take place early next year.

Last March 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.
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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.

When Bradberry is sentenced it will be a mere formality as Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell agreed to cap Bradberry's sentence at ten years in a negotiated plea agreement.

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