Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Officer James Barnhart Accused of Helping Sex Offender

A Molalla police officer is accused of helping a sex offender avoid mandatory registration.

Officer James Barnhart, a 19-year veteran of the force, will face three misdemeanor charges.

The alleged misconduct happened several years ago but the investigation began only a few months ago, according to Molalla police Chief Rod Lucich. 

The police department asked the Clackamas County Sheriff's office to assist in the investigation.

Barnhart is now on administrative leave and is due in court Oct. 23.