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October 29, 2013

DeWitt man pleads guilty to sex abuse

CLINTON — A DeWitt man pleaded guilty Friday to having sex with a mentally disabled 14-year-old female.

John Barr, 52, of DeWitt, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse. A trial was set for Monday, Nov. 4, with charges consisting of criminal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. His sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 21.

According to court documents, a 14-year-old female — with the mental age of 5 — and her father stayed the night at Barr’s residence on Sept. 26, 2011. The affidavit continues the next morning, the girl’s father found her in bed with Barr. After leaving the residence, the girl began giggling and told him that Barr said “don’t tell your daddy what happened,” according to the affidavit.

When her father asked her about what happened, she indicated that Barr had touched her and had intercourse with her, according to the affidavit. A sexual assault kit was performed on the girl at Genesis Hospital in DeWitt at 5:30 p.m. that day and was submitted to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. A medical exam on Sept. 29, 2011, indicated possible attempted penetration, according to the affidavit.

Court documents state that according to a DCI lab report received on Nov. 7, 2011, a male DNA profile was found on the victim’s underwear and on sexual assault kit swabs. DNA samples were taken from Barr and were found to match the profile from the kit, according to the affidavit.

DeWitt police spoke with Barr on March 13, 2012, and confirmed that he was HIV positive, according to court documents. At that time, he denied any sexual contact with the victim, according to the affidavit. He was charged with criminal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse on Oct. 24, 2012.

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