Craig man pleads not guilty, is awarded jury trial in child sexual assault, incest case | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig man pleads not guilty, is awarded jury trial in child sexual assault, incest case

A Craig man accused of sexual assault of a family member appeared in a Moffat County courtroom Monday, Jan. 13.

Rick Barnes, 53, entered a not guilty plea to 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael A. O’Hara III Monday evening, requesting a 12-member jury trial as part of his not guilty plea.

Rick Barnes, 53, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 on felony charges of sexual assault, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and aggravated incest.
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Barnes was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 on felony charges of sexual assault, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and aggravated incest.

Chief Judge O’Hara III approved the request for the trial by jury, which will be a 5-day trial with 12 jurors, commencing May 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Barnes denied a plea deal offer from prosecutors, electing to instead try his case in front of a jury.

This is a developing story. The Craig Press will update this story as more information becomes available.