Jeffrey Barton, 56, who was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse
in October, pleaded not guilty to the new indictment, which added
seven new charges and one new victim.
"This is a serious sexual abuse case spanning three decades, three
schools and seven victims," Deputy District Attorney Tracey Prior
In the new indictment filed in San Diego Superior Court on Friday,
Barton was charged with sexually assaulting four students of the
Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California, between the seventh
and ninth grades at his private cottage and on various field trips,
including instances where he used prescription drugs to incapacitate
One victim testified before a grand jury that while he and another
student were on a snowboarding trip with Barton in 1997, he awoke
feeling paralyzed to the sight of Barton sodomizing the other boy,
Prior said in court.
The assaults charged in the indictment occurred between 1996 and
2001, Prior said. The individuals are now between the ages of 28 and
42 years old.
Barton was initially charged in October with sexually abusing two
students from the academy based on testimony given by seven
individuals who said they were victimized. Three had gone to similar
schools in South Carolina and Tennessee where Barton had previously
Judge Kathleen Lewis raised Barton's bail from $3 million to $6
million in light of the new allegations.
Barton's attorneys argued that the charges, secured by a secret
grand jury, left him without the right to cross-examine those who
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"Mr. Barton was promised an opportunity to have a preliminary
hearing so we can test the veracity of the allegations against him.
This violates Mr. Barton's right to a preliminary hearing and his
federal rights to due process," said defense attorney Daniel Greene.
"These are horrible allegations and now Mr. Barton has been denied
the opportunity to confront his accusers and defend himself."
Prior said however that the secret grand jury process was done only
to protect the victims.
"It is only about the victims in this case," Deputy District
Attorney Prior said. "We are trying to get them closer the closure
(Editing by Curtis Skinner)
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