Sex offender accused of luring Keysville campground child does not dispute 2 crimes


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A sex offender convicted of luring a 5-year-old girl to a campsite near Lake Isabella only pleaded Friday to kidnapping and annoying or assaulting a child.

David Barrera, 63, is due to hand down his sentence on January 11 after pleading without challenge in exchange for dismissing four other crimes, according to court records.

He faces 13 years and four months in prison, prosecutors said.

The charge of inconvenience or indecent assault can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In Barrera’s case, he was charged as a felony.

Barrera, from Tulare, was arrested on June 1 after the girl’s family said she went missing from Keysville South campground and found her in a secluded area with him, according to reports. sheriff officials.

Photos found on Barrera’s phone showed the young girl and another child wearing swimsuits in poses an investigator described as sexually suggestive, according to the sheriff’s reports filed in Superior Court. One of the children told investigators that Barrera said the photos were for him to remember them.

Barrera told detectives that the 5-year-old had followed her but had not cuddled her. He admitted to hearing the family’s call for her and not responding.

“I mean, okay, so I’m stuck in the little area with the kid,” Barrera told investigators. “I understand that part, nothing happened. And she will probably testify to it. So I don’t understand what I did wrong.

Barrera is a convicted sex offender who had an active arrest warrant for not registering, according to sheriff officials.


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