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8/19/2012 10:38:00 PM
Barnes sentenced on child sex charges
Derek Robert Barnes
Derek Robert Barnes
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT- Derek Robert Barnes, who had accepted a plea agreement in his case of sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl, was sentenced to a year in jail on Friday, according to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.

Barnes, 40, of Prescott, originally faced 25 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, but under the terms of the agreement he pleaded guilty to four.

In January, police officers took a report about Barnes having sexual contact with a girl younger than 18, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

Officers learned the girl was a family friend of Barnes, who owns and operates the Video Outpost in Prescott Valley, and had helped Barnes with miscellaneous tasks at the store, Bonney said.

Investigators were told that around November 2010, Barnes and the victim, who was 15 at the time, began having sexual contact several times a month, Bonney said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the Video Outpost in the 6100 block of Highway 69 and collected physical evidence related to the case.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock sentenced Barnes to 365 days in the Yavapai County Jail, with no credit for any time already served, said Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane.

Afterwards, he must serve a lifetime probation term, and register as a sex offender, McGrane said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: O If I Only Had A Brain

Anyone who defends this guy or those like him are just as twisted as he is.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: To: Tom Von Deck

Tom Von Deck are you telling me you would plead guilty to a sex crime with a minor, 1 year in jail, life time probabtion and lifetime register as a sex offender to get a plea deal if you were NOT GUILTY? I don't know this sex offender or the girl. It sounds like your a friend of the sex offender. Please understand even if this young girl had taken her clothes off and paraded around naked in front of him, its still a crime to have sexual contact with her. He was the adult, not a 15 year old boy. What about the morals of the whole thing? He obviously does not have any. IF YOUR AN ADULT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE SEX WITH CHILDREN . It is flat out illegal. Its not a new law!

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: chandler justin

Just a year? Bull crap! But at least thats better than nothing for that schmuck, he deserves jail time. To sit in a cell and think about what he did wrong and realize it was wrong and that he hurt that poor little girl and her family and his. Hopefully when he comes out he'll know and change his ways hopefully! As for his wife, man how can she stay with a man like that? Woman wake up! To all you people that believed his story, you'll realize soon enough that he's lying and wrong. People should thank that judge for giving him time even though it's a year, better than nothing. But looks like he did have some pull since his wife is a probation officer, now thats bull sh!t. He should of had no help through this. But he got what he deserves...

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Truth -vs- the devil

Truth you say? I don't believe anyone really knows the truth. The perp, the victims, the courts, the cops all in some way or another are deceived in some fashion and no one really knows truth from a lie. The devil is alive and well here on earth. He is a deceiver.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

I also know of a criminal case that should not be a criminal case that has drawn on for almost two years and the base evidence has never been checked. The word of a well known person with court connections got the case accepted by the county prosecutor. Now the court may be aware of the errors and judges, prosecutors, public defenders and Prescott police are jammed up with what to do. Will the truth set the defendant free?

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: concerned person

Give me a break!!! Judge Hancock needs to go due to her biased sentences.....

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: EQUAL JUSTICE?

Not in your life! The court can convict an innocent person, and dismiss a case if they want, if it's an important person to the court! I have an ongoing case, that the victims don't want to pursue and say it is a waste of time and taxpayer money, and the officers involved don't want to get involved with the case either. I left a msg. with this paper yet, was the courier interested?
No return call of interest was received. The court wasting taxpayer $, in this day and age, on a case that only the District attorney wants to do is wrong, and the D.A. that started this doesn't even know me!
No, there is no justice! There is more, but I can't go into it here. Maybe the Courier paper will help me get the truth out now and help, with a call to me. I'm waiting for truth and justice, I won't hold my breath.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Just a reminder. The facts normally don't come out in plea bargain cases. You're bargaining for a lower sentence, and in a lot of cases you are lying about your guilt in your plea. We may never know whether the news we've been reading is true or not.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: b d

This guy is a scumbag no matter what the outcome is. This sentence is unbelievable and unjust. It is wrong! I don't care if they were in love, he was in love with a child. I know 15 year old girls are not innocent and some are sexually active at this age, but come on. I am appalled by the justice system. There are people suffering or being persecuted in prisons for much less than this offense. Is it because his wife has connections with people in the system? I think so.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Thank You courts

It amazes me. I have followed story since day 1. At beginning people posted the police were stupidly wrong.Grand Jury was wrong. The young girl lied...Judge is wrong... Do you think this might be Total Denial or maybe his wife who chooses not to believe who works as a probation officer. Maybe she will be his..
Justice is Served.Thank you

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: We Know The Truth Too

The Courier and its readers know the truth so quit advocating for this molester.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: A.R.S. 13-1405

If the victim is 15 to 17 years of age. Range of punishment -- probation with zero days in jail up to one year in jail or four months in prison to two years in prison for a first offense. A.R.S. 13-1405

Most won't change their stripes no matter the sentence handed down.

Parents need to know who their friends are and the friends of their kids. This mother willingly drove her daughter to this video store to "work" at age 15 how weird is that? Why aren't kids home at night doing homework or going to bed early for proper rest. jeez

Guys need to play with girls with own age ~ grow up!
I hope this Derek dude gets therapy and alot of it!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: RE: where are you now?

We are right here. We know the true facts of this case, and that the Courier has misreported on this case since day 1. This man did something very stupid, we can all agree. But unless you know the real facts, keep your judgement to yourself.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: PROTECT US from guys like this

:: Is this how the Courts protect our towns from the likes of this guy by giving him 1 year
:: lifetime probation
:: his wife is a probation officer duh
maybe derek bribed the courts with some of his out dated candy

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Watch Your Kids

First 25 counts
Then pleads guilty to 6 counts
Now down to four counts
What is this a boxing ring? You're out... in one year?
Does this mean he'll be cured from little girls? Not hardly.
Watch Your Kids!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: A Mazed

Doesn't seem like an appropriate sentence. Oh, OOPS! I almost forgot what a HUGE waste of time it is for any of us commoners to complain about such things. Not only does it fall on deaf ears from the court, but it actually gives them something to laugh at all us fools over.

O.k., we get it. We know our place. We are the willing dupes of society who watch one person sentenced in one way and another in a completely different way. Yeah, that's right, you got us under your boot, not STEP down hard and then twist!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: just thinking

Could the good judge be getting a bonus from the private prison system.

It wouldn't be the first time. You know they have to keep the cells full.

If they are all going to the same prison, that prisons headquarters's books should be checked.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Justin News

Remember the security guard at the hospital. He was charged with the same thing two way different outcomes. Looks like itís who you know in Totalitaria!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: blows my mind

Whats even worse is the several men who were convicted of sex offenses and are severing the remainders of their life in prison for speaking sexually to a fictitious girl under 18. No true crime was even committed.

Something smells bad in the Yavapai County Court systems!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: The Whatchman

This 40 year old guy, who is married to a probation officer, gets probation and a year in county jail for having sexual contact with a girl under 18. Let us not forget the plight of the 22 or 23 year old fellow who, when faced with a possible 109 year prison sentence accepted a plea to a 10-12 year sentence to the Department of Corrections.. Judge Hancock was the judge on both cases. What the heck is wrong with this picture.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: EQUAL JUSTICE ?

lets see a 10 yr prison for a 23 yr old having sex with a minor who is still imature young adult. then a 40yr old mature adult gets 1 yr in county jail. yep theres equal justice in yavapai county courts.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: william rikke

This is insanity I was in court with a man Monday who was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing 415 dollars worth of child supplies for his daughter carseat clothes diapers etc. How does he deserve to lose three years from his daughter for a petty crime when a man who prays on peoples daughters only gets a year in county jail. The difference is this pedophile had money to hire a real lawyer not a "public pretender" like us poor folks get stuck with. Judge Hancock you are a mockery to the justice system you swore to uphold wanna charge me with contempt?

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Double Deck VCR

Nothing good comes from video stores, EVER.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: where are you now?

Where are all of you that were stating he such a good man, and he would never do this? Hmmmm looks like he did it and now he will pay for it. Sad that he only got a year. He should have to register as a sex offender.

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