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Man Gets 4 Years for Indiana Campground Child Molestation Conviction

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PORTLAND (Ind.) A man from Ohio, aged 68, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for sexually abusing a child at a campground in Jay County, Indiana.

Barnett is accused of repeatedly fondling the child, then 9 years old, in 2016, when she was spending a weekend with the Greenville man and his ex-wife at a campground in the 3900 block of West Jay County Road 550-S.

Soon after the incident, the victim reported it to a relative. Barnett was arrested after the child had discussed the matter with Wayne County Department of Child Services officials.

​This week, Judge Brian Hutchison imposed a 10-year sentence. It included four years in prison followed by six years probation.

In March, Paul E. Barnett of Greenville was charged in Jay Circuit Court with molesting. This was a Level 1 felony that could land you up to 40 years imprisonment.

He also reached a plea bargain with the prosecutors and pleaded guilty, with a lesser charge of Level 3 felony, to a sentence of 16 years before receiving the final court decision.

Barnett stated to Jay County sheriff’s deputies that he regrets his actions and that he “knew it was wrong immediately.”

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