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Jeffrey Barton Sex Abuse

June 1, 2014 by  

Jeffrey Barton Sex Abuse, A grand jury has indicted former Army and Navy Academy (ANA) administrator Jeffrey Barton for allegedly committing forcible sex acts on four ANA students.

The new indictment brings forth one new victim, another ANA student, and incorporates multiple new felony charges.

Barton, 56, pled not guilty to 23 total charges that accuse him of intoxicating and sexually abusing the male victims, who were minors at the time. He entered his plea at an arraignment hearing on May 30 at the San Diego Superior Court’s central courthouse downtown.

The District Attorney’s office originally charged Barton with 16 felony crimes from three ANA victims in a criminal complaint last fall. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for mid-May 2014 for a judge to determine if the District Attorney’s office had enough evidence to bring the charges against Barton in a trial.

Barton decided to select new attorneys to represent him sometime between mid-April and mid-May, which delayed the preliminary hearing to October this year.

After Barton’s change in representation, the District Attorney’s office determined to try to have Barton indicted by a grand jury instead of conducting a preliminary hearing.

Seeking an indictment by a grand jury avoided having victims wait longer to testify and further delaying the trial, according to deputy district attorney Tracy Prior, who is prosecuting the case.

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