Christian Sports Camp Facing Sex Abuse Lawsuits

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) A Christian sports camp network based in Branson is facing two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by its ex-director, who is serving a long prison sentence for sexual abuse of boys at a camp.

One lawsuit, filed in Taney County against Kanakuk Kamps, alleges former director Peter Newman molested a boy from 2000 to 2005. The second case, filed in federal court in Dallas, alleges Newman sexually abused a camper from 2001 through 2007.

The lawsuits allege camp officials knew about Newman's behavior but didn't keep him away from children.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) two similar lawsuits, both filed in 2011, were settled this year.

Newman is serving two life sentences plus 30 years for his abuse convictions.

A Kanakuk spokesman said camp officials couldn't discuss pending litigation.

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