Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 27, 2013

Police: Traverse City man sexually assaulted child

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — MANISTEE — A Traverse City man faces a felony sex crime charge in Manistee County.

Authorities said Texas Samuel Barnett, 37, sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl on July 11 when his girlfriend left her child in his care. The mother confronted Barnett after she learned of the incident and he admitted to “having a problem,” police said.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Malcolm Irwin said the crime occurred in Manistee County. Investigators located Barnett through phone tracing and information from a cooperating family member.

“He was apprehended in Grand Traverse County where he was trying to gather things to flee the state,” Irwin said.

Barnett faces a felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. He is lodged in Manistee County’s jail on a $100,000 cash bond.