Former Military School Official Facing Retrial in Molestation Case
Jeffrey Barton was arrested on October 17, 2013, on the charge of molesting two students at the Army Navy Academy, one of them more than 50 times over a 2-year period in his office, cottage, car, and on an overnight, school-sanctioned trip. He pleaded not guilty to fondling, oral copulation, and sodomy of a minor.
Prior to this charge, he was fired from a boys’ boarding school in Tennessee after allegedly fondling an eighth-grader. Another man came forward and accused Barton of abusing him when he was a teenage cadet at a South Carolina school in 1983.
Barton’s first trial began in fall 2015. At the end of that month-long proceeding, a North County jury deadlocked. They also cleared Barton on four charges alleging he drugged and molested two cadets on a 1997 ski trip. However, the jury hung on a fifth count related to one of those cadets.
The former headmaster is now facing a retrial after the deadlock. The prosecutors are retrying the 59-year-old on 11 felony charges, accusing him of repeatedly molesting a cadet from 1999 to 2001. He faces a prison sentence of 88 years if convicted and is jailed instead of paying a $1 million bail.
The retrial will have testimony from two additional accusers, whose allegations date to the mid-1980s and cover boarding schools in other states. Though he is not being formally charged with their molestations, the jury can consider the testimony as corroborating evidence as they make their decision.
Manly, Stewart & Finaldi represents alleged victims of Barton in civil actions against him and the Army Navy Academy.
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