Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Minor

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - An Alaskan man will serve ten years in federal prison after offering a minor money in exchange for sex.

    According to a press release issued by the US Attorney's Office:

    Herbert Barr, who is 51-years-old and from a rural village, sent numerous text messages to a minor to persuade her into sexual acts over a week in July 2017. The minor rejected Barr and notified her parents, who then got in touch with Alaska State Troopers at the Nome Post. Troopers began investigating the man, who continued to send those messages, going as far as offering money and trying to lure the girl to his home.

    Troopers were able to act quickly due to the girl reporting the incident to her parents.

    Barr was sentenced to ten years in a federal prison by Judge Sharon Gleason, followed by a 20-year term of supervised release. Barr previously pleaded guilty on October 25th, 2017 to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, coercion and enticement of a minor.

    At the sentencing hearing, the Court heard from the victim, her mother, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation, which spoke on behalf of the community. Judge Gleason found the offense to be particularly serious because Barr had offered the minor money in exchange for sex.

    U.S. Attorney Schroder commends the Alaska State Troopers, in particular the Nome Post and the Technical Crimes Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Nome District Attorney’s Office for the investigation and assistance leading to the successful prosecution of this case.


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