The advertising for Kanakuk Kamps Father-Son Retreat which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, extolled the virtues of the camp director:
“Pete Newman is the most thorough relationship builder with kids in Kanakuk history. This guy has a raging love for God and it spills over constantly to the kids at kamp. A weekend with Pete will build a father-son relationship that will never be the same.
Newman has left Kanakuk and on Monday, two days before the father-son camp was scheudled to start, Newman was charged by Taney County authorities with four felony sex crimes.
Online Taney County Circuit Court records indicate Newman is charged with statutory sodomy, two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15, and enticement of a child. The arrest was made by the Taney County Sheriff's Department, according to court records.
The sodomy count allegedly occurred on May 1, 2006, one of the sexual misconduct counts exactly one year later, with the other allegedly taking place May 1, 2008, and the enticement reportedly happening Sept. 1, 2008.
The charges are a shock for those who have known Newman, who was described this way in a flyer for a church camp he spoke at in February of this year:
He is one of the best, if not the best, at taking a personal interest in each student. He is one of the most genuine and passionate speakers you will find anywhere.
Details of allegations against Newman can be found at this link.
(The video features Newman at an appearance in Wichita, playing the role of Sylvester. He is the second character to appear in the video.)