Branson Christian sports camp director accused of child molestation

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 8:53 a.m. CDT

BRANSON— A former assistant director at a Christian sports camp in southwest Missouri is accused of molesting boys during private Bible study in his hot tub.

Peter D. Newman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree statutory sodomy, enticement of a child and sexual misconduct involving a child under 15-years-old. The incidents are alleged to have happened from 1999 to 2008 at Branson-based Kanakuk Kamps.

Taney County prosecutors say the 33-year-old defendant was a popular figure who gained the trust of young boys at the camp. The Springfield News-Leader reported that he was fired earlier this year after camp administrators heard of the accusations.

Authorities say Newman now lives in Memphis. He was released on bond after his arraignment.

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