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Sexual offender charged in connection with drowning death faces additional rape charges

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Richard D. Barrett, 3435 Conewango Ave., is escorted from District Judge Raymond Zydonik’s courtroom on Wednesday after he was arraigned on rape charges in connection with repeated assaults between 1986 and 1992.

A Warren man – convicted as a sexual offender in Florida in 1996 – has been charged with rape of a child dating back as far as 1986.

Richard D. Barrett, 54, 3435 Conewango Ave., was charged again on Wednesday.

Back in December, he was charged with raping a child and, three months before that, charged with felony endangerment in connection with the drowning death of a 2-year-old child in Hatch Run earlier in the year.

City of Warren police detail in the affidavit of probable cause that a report from the victim in this case was received on Dec. 16, 2020.

That victim alleged sexual assault by Barrett from when she was between six and 12 years old. That means these allegations date to between 1986 and 1992.

See Thursday’s Times Observer for a full story.

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