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Bail request rejected in sex offense case

A registered sex offender facing three separate dockets on allegations of child sexual abuse has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he failed to keep his registration up to date.

Richard D. Barrett, 55, 3435 Conewango Ave., faces two counts of failure to provide accurate registration information.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Barrett, while under oath, identified his current employment in court. That court appearance was on charges unrelated to the three pending child sexual abuse cases.

Police at that appearance were familiar with Barrett’s registration and “knew… Barrett was not showing a listed employer when he last updated his Megan’s Law Registration,” according to the affidavit.

Police checked recordings of phone calls from the Warren County Jail between Richard Barrett and Nichol Barrett, according to the affidavit. In a recording, Richard Barrett told Nichol Barrett that he had been working for the company he named in court, police said.

Police then staked out Barrettás house, and followed him when he left on the morning of Sept. 16, according to the affidavit. They followed him to a work site, saw him working, and identified his employer, according to the affidavit.

Bail is set at $100,000 in the case and there was a brief argument on that issue Wednesday. Barrettás counsel, Alan Conn, argued that Barrett is a longtime resident of the county, owns a residence here and has worked here. He shared those elements to suggest his client is not a flight risk.

He said he could raise $2,500 and asked for $25,000 bail.

District Attorney Rob Greene said he would be opposed to any reduction.

He called the charges âextremely seriousã and said that Barrett has three other cases that are all for sexual assault of minors with the conduct in two being âfairly recent.ã

Those pending charges, he said, give the Commonwealth pause regarding the safety of the community.

Greene added that he would be filing a motion to revoke bail on the other dockets in light of these new charges.

District Judge Todd Woodin said he doesnát view it as âterribly likelyã that Barrett is a flight risk but that he is ânot inclined to disturbã a bail decision made by another judge.

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