PLYMOUTH – A Walkerton man will have a long time behind bars to think about what he did to a 14-year-old girl and her baby.
Charles Barber, 56, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for his sexual relationship with the teenager.
Evidence in court shows Barber’s sexual relations with the 14-year-old resulted in her pregnancy, a pregnancy that ended with the delivery of a full-term but stillborn baby.
Marshall County Prosecutor David Holmes says In August 2012, a county police detective and Department of Family and Children caseworker visited the home of the victim and were given a copy of a urine test showing the teenage girl was not pregnant.
A later investigation, though, revealed Barber supplied the urine for the pregnancy test.
Barber also told the girl to go to an area hospital outside of Marshall County and lie about her age, address and give a fake story on how she arrived at the hospital.
In October 2012, the teen gave birth to the stillborn child.
According to a court affidavit, Barber was a registered sex offender. He was convicted of child molesting in St. Joseph County in 1993 and sexual battery in Tennessee in 2005.
As a result of that information, police got tissue samples from the stillborn infant and from the teen girl. An oral swab was also gathered from Barber, and the evidence revealed beyond a doubt that Barber was the father of the stillborn baby.
Barber was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor on October 23, 2012.
After reviewing his criminal history, Barber was labeled an Habitual Offender due to his previous felony convictions beginning when he was 18-years-old.
Chief Marshall County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman said Barber has been in and out of prison his entire adult life, “virtually a life sentence on the installment plan.”
“We are willing to accommodate him, thus we increased the sentence available on the sexual misconduct charge with the enhancement as an Habitual Offender,” said Chipman. “15 years with an additional 10 years, making 25 years of incarceration for Mr. Barber.”