2013-05-23 / Local & State

Barnhart Waives Arraignment

Will next appear at call of the list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A McConnellsburg man waived formal arraignment by mail Tuesday, entering a plea to a total of 92 criminal allegations involving the corruption of and indecent assault of a child.

Seventy- one- year- old Roy Grover Barnhart, of 11 Gerald Circle, entered a plea of not guilty to 12 counts of aggravated indecent assault, 60 counts of indecent assault and 20 counts of the corruption of minors through the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. He will next appear in court on July 9 for call of the criminal trial list.

Barnhart was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Timothy Lear of the McConnellsburg substation on March 20 and remains free after having posted $100,000 bail.

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, arrested and convicted for abusing another child.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Trooper Lear indicates the juvenile told a Services for Children caseworker during a forensic interview earlier this year that she was abused once at a “big green house” and all other times at Barnhart’s residence and in a motor vehicle. The abuse reportedly occurred daily between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2008.

According to the charging documents, the victim further alleged Barnhart would touch her inappropriately while she was in “trouble” and as a result made to sit on his lap while he read a book on manners.

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