New Mexico cult: four more ‘aggressive’ Christians arrested
Following the recent arrest of members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps – including Peter and and ‘General’ Deborah Green, above – four more members the paramilitary religious sect were detained by police this week.
According to this report, the arrests came four days after authorities raided the ACMTC’s Fence Lake compound and arrested sect co-leader Deborah Green and two other group members in connection with a child abuse investigation. Another person was arrested in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
A judge ordered Deborah Green to be held on a $500,000 secured bond on charges that included failure to report a birth, child abuse and sexual penetration of a minor.
Sect member Peter Green, also known as Mike Brandon, also was being held on a $5 million secured bond and faces 100 counts of sexual penetration of a child after being accused of raping a girl at least four times a week from the time she was 7.
Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace confirmed that the four members of the ACMTC were arrested late Wednesday as deputies tried to execute a court order to pick up children for interviews.
Amos River, Victoria River, Ruth River and Timothy River were arrested after deputies stopped the two vans leaving the compound. Inside the vans were seven children, around $1,000 in cash, luggage and road maps.
Basically, you could tell they were getting ready to bug out and leave the area. I believe that’s in an effort to try to conceal the kids from us.
Mace said the children, believed to be ages 4-17, were turned over to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Investigators believe the vans may have been headed to a location in Colorado.
The ACMTC, founded in Sacramento, California, describes itself as a group that is “revolutionary for Jesus” and provides a free spiritual “ammo pack” to anyone who submits a written request.
Photos of members show them in military-style clothing and on missions in Africa.
Its very messy website is laced with anti-Semitic language and anti-gay tirades about same-sex marriage.