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Trial set in Barrett’s sexual misconduct case

September 14, 2018

KINGMAN — A January trial date was set Monday for a Bullhead City man charged with 15 felony counts in two separate cases.

Michael David Barrett, 41, is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is charged in a second case with three counts of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

If convicted of the sexual exploitation charge as a dangerous crime against a child, he faces from 10 to 24 years in prison. He is being held in Mohave County Jail in Kingman on a $125,000 bond.

Barrett’s attorney, Robin Puchek, said the prosecutor will not offer a plea agreement and asked the judge to set a trial.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. set Barrett’s trial in the sexual exploitation case to begin Jan. 22, 2019, and set a pre-trial hearing for Dec. 31.

The judge also set a status hearing in both cases for Nov. 13.

In the sexual exploitation case, sheriff’s detectives investigated a report Oct. 4, 2017, when two girls, ages 8 and 9, said that their neighbor, Barrett, allegedly molested them and pricked one of the girls on her hand with a needle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives searched Barrett’s home in Katherine Heights. Barrett denied touching the girls but admitted to downloading and viewing sexual images of children.

In the second case, the sexual conduct crimes allegedly occurred between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015. The molestation charges stem from events that allegedly occurred between August and October 2017, the indictment stated.

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