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Detectives with the Washington State Patrol says a fugitive charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children may have been spotted in Raymond, Wash.

WSP said Wednesday they received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minn.

WSP said Barnard, 52, was reportedly seen leaving the McDonalds restaurant on SR 101 in Raymond heading towards Aberdeen, the State Patrol said.

He was seen driving a dark blue Audi 2 door with tinted windows and a spoiler. The witness indicated the vehicle looks like a Porsche. There was a white female riding with him.

Barnard was also placed in the Raymond and Aberdeen areas for about a week.

Court documents say Barnard abused two members of his cult-like church where he was a pastor in Pine County, Minnesota. The abuse dates back to the year 2000, according to the investigation.

According the Pioneer Press in Minnesota, Barnard likened himself to Jesus and told one of his victims it was in God's word for him to have sex with her. Barnard would reportedly call girls to a lodge when he wanted to have sex with them and would order them to not tell anyone about it.

The Pine County Sheriff s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call 911. Local police agencies are assisting in the search and will be ready for calls from the public.

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