In a motion filed March 18 in Taney County Circuit Court, Kanakuk officials asked for a change of venue in the lawsuit filed by one of the victims of sexual predator Pete Newman, a former camp director. Newman is serving two life sentences, plus 30 years, after pleading guilty last year to sex charges involving multiple underage boys. Newman is also a defendant in this action.
The motion will likely be taken up at the next hearing in the case, scheduled for 9 a.m. April 7. Another court filing indicates the lead attorney for Kanakuk will be Keith Alan Cary of the Kansas City law firm of Franke, Schultz & Mullen.
Kanakuk, Newman, and Kanakuk CEO Joe White are named in a second civil suit, filed earlier this month in U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. That action was filed by the parents of a child who was molested by Newman while attending the Kanakuk Christian sports camp.
Previous Turner Report posts on Kanakuk and Pete Newman can be found at this link.