UPDATE: Tulare man pleads not guilty to kidnapping 5-year-old girl from Keysville campground


UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Barrera pleaded not guilty to all counts Thursday afternoon. Judge Michael G. Bush has ordered his detention without bail and has set a preliminary hearing for July 1.

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KGET) – A man was arrested on Tuesday after MPs said he lured a 5-year-old girl away from her family at Keysville South Campground near Lake Isabella.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were sent to the area after receiving reports of a girl missing. She was found by her family before the deputies arrived.

MPs learned the girl was lured out of the campsite by a stranger later identified as David Barrera, 62, sheriff officials said. The man from Tulare reportedly took the girl to a secluded location and hid her while her family searched for her.

Her family found her with Barrera, officials said.

Barrera is a convicted sex offender who had an active felony warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with kidnapping a child under 14, bothering or assaulting a child under 18 with a prior offense and two counts of contacting a minor with the intention of commit a sexual offense.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

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