SYCAMORE – A Genoa man is being held on $500,000 bond on charges he had sexual contact with three different children.
C.A. Barnett, 63, of the 300 block of North Sycamore Street in Genoa, was charged Friday with criminal sexual abuse. Two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child were brought against him Saturday.
Barnett appeared in court Monday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail. Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert told him he could face life in prison if convicted of the predatory criminal sexual assault charges because two victims were involved.
According to court documents, the first case involved Barnett committing a sex act with a 5-year-old girl July 2, 2011. Genoa Police Chief Ty Lynch said the girl told her mother about the incident, the mother then reported it to police.
In the second case, Barnett is accused of committing sex acts with a girl younger than 13 between January 1997 and December 2001, and with another girl younger than 13 from January 1999 to December 2003.
Barnett was arrested Friday on the criminal sexual abuse charge while police were investigating the older allegations, Lynch said. Barnett knew all of the victims, he said.
When he appeared in court Saturday, Barnett’s bond was set at $50,000. He posted bail and was released before being arrested again later that day. Lynch said police believed Barnett was a flight risk.
Prosecutor Phil Montgomery with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office said he does not expect there will be any more victims, but more counts may be brought against Barnett.
Bond on the second case was set at $500,000. Stuckert told Barnett he cannot have any contact with the victims or anyone younger than 18. He will appear in court again Oct. 23.