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Paramilitary Christian sect quietly operated in New Mexico

A grand jury indicted last week four members of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect in connection with a child abuse and child sexual abuse investigation.

Those indictments Friday came after armed Cibola County deputies raided the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in secluded Fence Lake, New Mexico, following more than two years of interviews, searches and monitoring.

Sect co-leader Deborah Green is facing charges of failure to report a birth, child abuse and sexual penetration of a minor. And one of her lieutenants, Peter Green, faces 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child on suspicion of raping a girl from the time she was 7.