Religious Group Arrested For Over 100 Counts Of Child Abuse After Cops Note Strange Details In 12-Year-Old's Death

Two of those arrested are referred to as the "generals" of the religious cult. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A religious group in New Mexico is facing severe charges of criminal sexual abuse.

According to KOATa leader and three members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps were arrested over the weekend for over 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and child abuse. 

Deborah Green, Peter Green (shown above), Joshua Green and Stacey Miller were those arrested. Per the group's site, Deborah and husband James are the "Generals" in the cult based out of Fence Lake in western Cibola County.

The group was investigated last year when two escaped members said that Deborah and Miller allowed her 12-year-old son to die of the flu in 2014. The child apparently died when no one took him to the hospital because they trusted in God.

Investigators add that Deborah sexually assaulted her daughter's 5-year-old daughter — whom they believe was smuggled from Uganda with forged documents — as did her son-in-law Peter Green. 

Children, Youth, and Families Department have removed the child from the home. The daughter added that she was routinely whipped and treated like a slave. Peter is charged with 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, while Deborah faces sexual assault of a minor and child abuse charges.

Authorities believe there are about 18 children still living in the religious commune but they did appear abused or neglected.

[Photo: Cibola County Sheriff's Office]

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