2009-01-29 / Local & State

Barnhart Sentenced On Indecent Assault Charges

Ordered to five to 23 months in Franklin County Prison

A McConnellsburg area man was recently ordered to complete a minimum of five months in jail in relation to two counts of indecent assault of a child less than 13 years of age.

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas ordered Roy Grover Barnhart on January 13 to complete between three and 12 months in the Franklin County Prison as well as an additional two to 11 months for both counts of assault.

Barnhart will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years and will not be permitted to contact the child or her family.

Charges against Barnhart were originally filed on May 28, 2008, by investigating officer Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Angela Roher and included five counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, two counts of indecent exposure and eight counts of the corruption of minors. The remaining counts against Barnhart were "nolle prossed" or dropped at the time of his sentencing.

Barnhart, who was represented in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard, had previously entered a guilty plea on October 21. He had remained free on bail up until his sentencing, after posting $75,000 bail on June 12, and was granted 16 days credit for time previously served.

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