Peter Newman, camp counselor, convicted of molesting young boys, sued by victim

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Peter Newman at his new home.
  • Peter Newman at his new home.

A sexual-abuse victim is suing former Kanakuk Kamp counselor Peter Newman as well as K-Kamp, Inc. (formerly known as Kanakuk Kamp, Inc.) and Kanakuk

Ministries.

According to the Turner

Report, the lawsuit alleges that officials at the Christian sports camp

committed fraud by presenting Newman as a "role model" while he was

sexually abusing young boys. The lawsuit, filed January 31, was filed on

behalf of a Little Rock man, who says he was abused by Newman, starting

when he was age 12.


The allegations in the lawsuit, if true, are sickening. Among them:

  • Kanakuk officials had been notified that Newman was sexually abusing

    campers in 1999, 10 years before he was let go. They also promoted

    Newman as a "camp director, devoted husband, loving, beloved friend and

    mentor to

    youth" after he was accused of molesting boys. He was also allowed to

    promote himself as "an expert on teenage sexual purity."

  • Because Kankuk is cheap, employees, such as Newman, were encouraged to stay

    with the families of campers they were recruiting during the off-season.

  • Newman conducted "Bible studies" in his hot tub.
  • Newman's unrestricted access to the camp allowed him to sexually abuse

    young boys there in the off-season.

  • Newman engaged in sexual acts with boys in Missouri, Arkansas,

    Oklahoma and Tennessee.


The Little Rock man accuses Newman of calling him and writing him

letters and later engaging in phone sex with him. He alleges that his first

sexual encounter with Newman was on February 7, 2003. The next day, he

alleges, the next encounter occurred at "The Pit" at K-Kountry in Taney

County.

The plaintiff also alleges that Newman engaged him in a mutual

masturbation session during a Purity Conference in Tennessee in 2004

and Oklahoma in 2005. At the Oklahoma conference, Newman is accused of

trying to get the boy to engage in sodomy. When he was denied, he

allegedly convinced the boy to do mutual masturbation. He now claims to suffer from "severe depression and ongoing anxiety" as

well as being "psychologically confused and spiritually damaged by a

person promoted to him by Kanakuk as a role model."

Newman is serving two life sentences for molesting underage boys from 2005 to 2008. Newman pleaded

guilty in February 2010 to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy

and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy for abusing teenage

boys.

An investigative report recounting one victim's experience noted that Newman

would ask boys to masturbate with him in his hot tub during one-on-one sessions at his Branson

home. Newman claimed that there would be no lust if they masturbated. Once they were in the hot tub, it wasn't long before Newman asked

for other things, like mutual masturbation and oral sex, from the underage boys. At least one

victim was as young as 11.

Newman would often befriend the children's families, "attending family dinners, sleepovers, Bible studies, taking vacations

together and writing letters."

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