Trial continues for ‘aggressive Christianity’ cult leader

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The trial for a woman accused of kidnapping, sexual abuse against minors and tampering with evidence is underway. The woman, Deborah Green, was the leader of a Christian cult out in Fence Lake.

Tuesday, KRQE News 13 learned new details in this case.

For opening statements, both the state and defense focused on two things: the alleged kidnapping of a child from Africa and sexual and physical abuse of that child for several years on a compound in western New Mexico.

“(Green) would whip her, whip her in the legs, beat her on the legs, beat her on the body to a point where she could barely walk,” said prosecutors.

Prosecutors claim Green convinced her daughter to take a newborn baby from Uganda in the ’90s and brought that child back to the compound. The prosecution alleges Green physically and sexually abused that child, as well as not giving her proper medical treatment. The defense argues all of that is untrue.

“There is no physical evidence of sexual abuse,” claimed the defense. “There is no medical evidence of sexual abuse, there is no psychological evidence of sexual abuse, there are no witnesses to the sexual abuse, there are no documents, no photographs.”

The defense claims the child was legally adopted from Uganda. They said the child wasn’t abused until that child was put into foster care after being taken away from Green.

Last year, authorities raided the compound and found eleven children, including one that was dead and buried. Investigators said Green led a “God’s Army” cult dubbed the “Aggressive Christian Mission Training Corps.”

A former member of that group took the stand Tuesday. She recalled Green telling her ‘troops’ that she is an oracle of God and wanted to live a military-like lifestyle.

The trial is expected to last for several days.

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