Pete Newman was a camp director at Kanakuk Kamps, which claims to have served more than 450,000 campers, The Dispatch reported. They're located outside of Branson, Missouri, and welcome the "Evangelical elite." Newman was promoted as one of the most popular with girls who wanted to date him and guys who wanted to be him.
Kanakuk chief executive officer Joe White once claimed he wasn't sure which would be more popular at the "kamp" Jesus or Newman. He ultimately became a camp director and was sent on the road to recruit campers and raise money for the church camp. Parents were desperate to host him.
"He was also a superpredator. He groomed and abused boys in their own homes. He groomed and abused boys at camp. In fact, he abused boys across the world," The Dispatch reported. "On June 9, 2010, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexually abusing boys. He received a sentence of two life terms, plus 30 years. His guilty plea was but the tip of a terrible iceberg. A civil complaint alleges that there were at least 57 victims, but the prosecutor in his case estimates that the real number could be in the 'hundreds.'"
The story continues, walking through the survivors left in his wake and the trial that unfolded.
Since then, those involved in trying to protect children think that White and the camp still have a lot they're hiding about what they knew and when they knew it.
“Kanakuk Kamp and Joe White have much to answer for,” the report cited Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
David French also wrote a column about Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who is on his own personal crusade to make men more "manly." Hawley has written a book about the topic, lectured on the topic, and focused intensely on "masculinity."
Meanwhile, Hawley accepted political donations from Joe White, despite allegations that he covered up hundreds of children being molested by someone in the leadership of his church camp, Heartland Signal reported.
Hawley responded to the column by French and his report with his spouse.
"David French takes a break from promoting drag queens to talk about masculinity," Hawley posted with a laughing and crying emoji.
French's wife responded to the tweet from Hawley, saying, "Josh Hawley takes a break from counting his money from @Kanakuk CEO Joe White to complain about @DavidAFrench," she then linked to the Heartland Signal reporting.
Enter Sara Gonzales, BlazeTV host of "The News and Why It Matters," who also says she's the executive director of Defend Our Kids Texas. It's one of the fringe groups that claims drag queens are perverting children by reading children's books at public libraries.
In response to allegations that Hawley was taking money from someone who covered up for a man convicted of abusing children, Gonzales alleged that Nancy French was having an affair.
"What does your boyfriend think about your husband's column?" Gonzales said.
"Sara portrays herself as a defender of children against sexual deviance," Nancy French responded. "Though my @Kanakuk investigation exposed a cover up of what a prosecutor called 'hundreds' of child rapes, she shrugs it off. Instead, she tweets a gross lie about me and my marriage."
"This is actually evil," David French responded to Gonzales. "A right-wing personality is mad at me over a column. And what's her response? To publicly level false accusations of adultery against my wife. And people wonder why I sound the alarm over the moral rot on the right. I ignore 99.99 percent of the personal attacks on this hellish website, but when you lie about Nancy, I'm going to show people who you are."