2013-03-28 / Front Page

Megan’s Law Offender Arrested Again

Roy G. Barnhart posts bail following arrest
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Roy Barnhart Roy Barnhart NEWS EDITOR

A McConnellsburg man registered as a Megan’s Law sexual offender for the indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old has been arrested again amid claims of sexual misconduct.

Roy Grover Barnhart of 11 Gerald Circle was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Timothy Lear of the Mc- Connellsburg substation on Wednesday, March 20, on 12 counts of aggravated indecent assault, 60 counts of indecent assault and 20 counts of the corruption of minors. Barnhart was charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

The 71-year-old was remanded to the Franklin County Jail and has since posted $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing in the case has been tentatively scheduled for May 6.

Charges in the case stem from a confidential informant filing a complaint through Fulton County Services for Children regarding the alleged sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 5 or 6 and 10 or 11 years old. The abuse reportedly stopped when Barnhart was investigated and subsequently arrested for abusing another child.

Court documents indicate Barnhart was sentenced on January 13, 2009, on two counts of indecent assault of a child less than 13 years old. Barnhart completed five months incarceration and has been registered as a sexual offender since June 17, 2009.

In this latest set of charges, the affidavit of probable cause indicates the juvenile girl told a Services for Children caseworker during a forensic interview she was abused once at a “big green house” and all other times at Barnhart’s residence and in a motor vehicle.

The girl further elaborated that Barnhart would touch her in- appropriately while she was in “trouble.” Police investigator Trooper Lear said in the affidavit that the girl was made to sit on Barnhart’s lap while he read a book entitled, “The Manners Book.” He would explain to the girl his touching was “OK” and that was how he showed his love,” the charging documents stated.

The abuse reportedly occurred on a daily basis between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2008.

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