TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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New Jersey Man Arrested for Unlawful Transaction with Minor
Date of News Release: 04/05/2006
(Henderson, KY) - KSP responded to a subject walking southbound on us 431 approximately 5 miles south of Owensboro. The subject, James R. Barnes, 21, of Bridgewater, NJ, was walking on the roadway and was unable to provide a legitimate reason for being in the area. A number on Barnes' cell phone was to a 14 year old girl from McLean County. The girl advised a McLean deputy that she and Barnes were to meet for the purpose of a sexual encounter. The two met in an internet chat room approximately 2 years prior and have kept in contact ever since. A search of Barnes' hotel room revealed nude pictures of the 14 year old female, condoms, and other miscellaneous items. Barnes was lodged in the Ohio County Jail.