“While we cannot comment on the specifics of the ongoing criminal proceedings, we can tell you that we will continue to pray for and support those who have been affected by this abusive behavior,” Doug Goodwin, Kanakuk Kamps’ chief operating officer, said in a statement. “As we have said, the actions Pete Newman has admitted run counter to everything for which our ministry stands.”Newman reportedly will have to spend at least five years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender when he is released. Newman pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, three counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree, and three counts of enticement of a child. All of the crimes involved underage boys.
His sentencing was originally scheduled for April 30, but was postponed when a witness for the defense was unable to attend.
The case has received surprisingly little attention, despite the the prominence of Kanakuk Kamps, Newman's arrest in Colorado on similar sex charges and the possible filing of charges against Newman in other states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
A KY3 Springfield report and video following Newman's arrest can be found at this link.
My thoughts on the lack of media coverage can be found in the May 23 Turner Report.