ESCLUSIVO: Accusato stupratore che ha ottenuto la custodia e in seguito ha concesso il mantenimento dei figli della figlia – ora 15 – conceived with his ‘victim’ when she was underage is pictured for the first time at his Louisiana home
The accused rapist who gained custody and was subsequently awarded child support for the daughter conceived during his alleged sex attack has been pictured in public for the first time since the sensational accusations against him were made.
DailyMail.com spotted website designer John Barnes, 46, on Thursday at his large, newly built house from where he runs his digital business in Hammond, Louisiana.
He came to the door but refused to respond to the shocking allegations made by Crysta Abelseth, who claims Barnes raped her when she was 16 after she accepted a ride home from him in 2005.
‘I know you have a hell of a story here, but I’m not saying anything more than my responses in the official court documents,’ ha detto a DailyMail.com.
Prima, the military veteran, who sports a heavily tattooed left arm, broke cover amid the furor of Abelseth’s claims to fetch mail from the box at the end of his driveway.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show him emerging from the house, tucked off a quiet road in the woods, and dragging on a cigarette as he strolled down the expansive gravel driveway, wearing shorts, a light blue t-shirt and flip flops.
Two recent model pickup trucks were on the property, with one parked in the attached garage.
Web designer and accused rapist John Barnes is seen outside his home in Hammond, Louisiana Thursday in exclusive DailyMail.com photos
The military veteran, 46, who sports a heavily tattooed left arm, broke cover earlier amid the furor over the rape accusation against him to fetch the mail
Barnes refused to respond to the shocking allegations made by his rape accuser when approached by DailyMail.com
This is the newly-built home from where Barnes runs his digital business
Barnes operates Gumbeaux Digital Branding from the home, financed with a $440,999 mortgage from the Veterans Administration, secondo i registri.
On the company website he markets the business as ‘Web Design You Can Trust.’
‘The approach to each new project is individual, I treat every customer equally, regardless of the size of the company and its budget,’ lui scrive.
Barnes boasts 25 plus years of experience with more than 175 successful projects.
Lui dice: ‘I will not rest until you are satisfied. It is as simple as that…. I have your back while you’re focused on growing your business.’
Ha conseguito un diploma post-laurea in giornalista televisivo presso l'Università del Central Lancashire a: ‘Gumbeaux Digital Branding is a veteran owned company.’ Abelseth, adesso 32, has accused Barnes of raping her 17 years ago after she accepted a ride home from him in Ponchatoula, una città di 6,000 persone, 50 miglia a nord di New Orleans.
Lei era 16 al tempo, e lui era 30. The age of consent in Louisiana is 17, meaning that even if she consented the act would be considered statutory rape: a felony punishable, by up to 10 anni di prigione.
The married mother-of-five told DailyMail.com Wednesday in an exclusive interview that she believes her attacker has avoided imprisonment, or even being charged, because of his status in the town as a contractor for the police.
Ponchatoula police are among the clients of his graphic design company
‘He has openly threatened me, saying he is well connected in the justice system and in the courts,’ Abelseth told DailyMail.com.
Crysta Abelseth is shown with the daughter she had with Barnes in 2005. Crysta claims she was 16 at the time – one year under the legal age of consent in Louisiana – when she was allegedly raped. The girl is now 15 and in full custody of her father
Barnes was spotted strolling down the expansive gravel driveway, wearing shorts, a light blue t-shirt and flip flops
He operates Gumbeaux Digital Branding from his property, financed with a $440,999 mortgage from the Veterans Administration, secondo i registri
Asked why he has escaped prosecution, Abelseth said the fault was ‘within the justice system’.
‘I think people can put two and two together,’ lei ha aggiunto.
In febbraio 25, Abelseth in court documents accused Barnes of sexually abusing their daughter.
‘Minor child contacted me (sua madre) in febbraio 23, 2022 with the suspicion that her father had drugged and sexually assaulted her two nights in a row,’ the court documents state.
Abelseth stated that the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans confirmed ‘evidence of forced entry congruent with sexual assault’.
sui giornali, she states: 'Mia figlia, minor child, was conceived as the product of the defendant raping me when I was a minor child of 16 anni di età.
‘I suspect drugs were used by him to sedate me as I was unable to move while he raped me.
‘Now it is alleged that he has committed the same heinous crime on our 15-year-old daughter.’
A marzo 18, the allegations were dismissed by the court, which found that ‘medical evidence does not support allegations in petition’.
Due giorni dopo, Abelseth also lost custody of her daughter, and has been forced to pay Barnes child support.
She claims Barnes is also blocking their court-mandated daily phone calls.
The mom is said to have lost custody after giving her daughter a phone, which Barnes said the teenager was using to ‘sext’ her boyfriend and post sexually explicit TikToks.
Asked how the teenager is faring, Abelseth replied: Voglio che ti sieda laggiù’
Abelseth said that Barnes (giusto) is now blocking her from speaking to their daughter. The pair will meet in court on July 15
The mother filed this police report in 2015 alleging that she had been raped five years earlier
But Barnes claims the girl’s mother told the child to invent the claims of sexual abuse, in a bid to have him arrested.
He claimed in court documents that Abelseth was allowing her to have sex with her boyfriend, and that the phone was being used for the pair to ‘sext’ l'un l'altro.
He also complained that the child was taken to see a counselor without any need, and without his permission.
The pair will next meet in court on July 15.
Abelseth’s saga began in 2005 when she went to the Pine Street bar, Ponchatoula Pub, with two of her friends, where the brother of one of her friends was hanging out.
Barnes was friends with the brother, but Abelseth had never met him.
‘I did not know him,’ she said firmly.
The person who drove them to the bar later wanted to leave, and Barnes said he would drive Abelseth home instead.
Her friends got lifts home with other people, leaving Abelseth and Barnes alone in his car.
LOUISIANA’S STATUTORY RAPE LAWS: ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 17 IS AUTOMATICALLY A VICTIM
Louisiana has statutory rape laws known as Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile which dictate that anyone under the age of 17 is automatically a victim if they have sex with an adult, regardless of whether or not they physically consented to it.
The crime is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Not knowing whether the victim is under 17 at the time of the crime is not a defense.
It’s unclear why Barnes was never charged after staking claim to the child, and after DNA proved he was the father.
Abelseth said she was ‘highly intoxicated.’
‘John Barnes offered to take me home,’ Abelseth explained, in a later police report.
‘Instead of bringing me to my house, John Barnes brought me to his home.
‘He proceeded to rape me.’
Abelseth said she did not tell anyone – not her friends or parents – that she had been raped.
‘I felt people would shame me,’ ha detto a DailyMail.com.
L'influencer ha smesso di abbuffarsi di grandi quantità di cibo e ha eliminato completamente le bevande gassate e l'alcol, you shouldn’t be doing this, doing that.
‘They are shaming me now. But at this point, Non mi interessa.’
Abelseth said her family believed that her then-boyfriend was the father.
‘Everyone assumed he was,’ lei disse. ‘And he just wanted to be.’
Asked if he knew the circumstances, Abelseth replied: ‘I can’t speak to that.’
Despite the scary situation, she said she never considered terminating the pregnancy.
'Ero terrorizzato, but never in any doubt,’ lei disse.
‘I guess the mothering instinct kicked in.’
For the first five years of her daughter’s life, Abelseth raised her child in peace.
She said she never saw Barnes again and managed to avoid crossing paths with him despite the pair of them living in the same small town.
‘The only time I ever came into the same vicinity as him was when this same friend I was in the bar with wanted to stop off in the bar, and say hi to her brother. And Barnes was with him.
‘Apparently he asked about me. But I have no idea what he said.’
Nel 2010, Abelseth’s world was turned upside down when Barnes learned he was the girl’s father.
How he found out, Abelseth said, she was ‘not 100 per cent sure.’
Lei ha aggiunto: ‘I couldn’t say.’
A paternity test later proved that the child was his.
Barnes then began legal proceedings, attempting to wrest custody of the girl from her mother.
‘He was bringing me to court two or three times a year – he was filing and filing,’ lei disse.
‘It was exhausting emotionally – I was dragged through the wringer. All those years of legal fees and debt.’
Barnes has nine hunting licenses in three states. He has not commented on Abelseth’s allegations
Records obtained by WBRZ show that a DNA test proved Barnes was the father of the child
In ottobre 3, 2011 the court awarded the pair joint custody, but the fights over child support and raising the child continued.
A gennaio 2013, Abelseth filed court documents claiming Barnes had another custody case ongoing, as the result of fathering a child with Amiee Ball.
Abelseth said that Ball filed domestic abuse charges against Barnes.
Traumatized by the proceedings, Abelseth sought out a counselor, who told her that she was still within the statute of limitations to press charges – something she said she had not known.
‘I knew the gravity of the situation,’ lei disse. ‘And the court hearings made me relive it over and over again.
‘But I wanted justice. I wanted to see him behind bars.’
Judge Jeffrey Cashe (nella foto) has forced Abelseth to pay child support to her alleged rapist, in what her advocates have branded an outrageous miscarriage of justice
It remains unclear why Barnes was never charged.
Abelseth believes that the sexual assault report she filed against him with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has not been thoroughly investigated.
‘It was never assigned to a detective, and nothing was ever investigated,’ she alleged in an interview with her local TV station.
The sheriff’s department told WBRZ that the investigation into Abelseth’s claims was open and ongoing – but has not moved since 2015.
In Aprile 2021 the teenager accused her father of hitting her in the face, amid the ongoing row about the cell phone.
Abelseth again filed a report at Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, but they concluded that there were ‘no marks or signs of distress’.
Sean Cassidy, an attorney with Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, told WBRZ he had never come across a case like this.
‘It seems pretty straight-forward that not only did a crime take place, but as a result of the crime, this person should not have custody of the child,’ Egli ha detto.
Stacie Triche, an activist who set up the Save Lives organization, has helped Abelseth navigate the legal system.
‘When I found out she was a rape victim, and this rapist could potentially get full custody, that’s when I stepped in and said something has to be done about this,’ she told WBRZ.
‘She’s been forced to pay her perpetrator, forced to pay her rapist child support and legal fees and give up custody of the child that’s a product of the rape. It makes no sense.’
Triche told DailyMail.com she had been astonished by the ‘arrogance’ of Barnes, in demanding financial support from Abelseth.
Barnes was awarded joint custody in 2015; in March this year, he won full custody.
Abelseth said that he made ‘accusations against me’, but refused to elaborate.
‘They have not been tested in court,’ Triche said.
One of the reasons for losing custody, Abelseth said, was an allegation that the teenager had been given a cell phone without Barnes’s consent, and which he did not have access to.
He argued that it violated their agreement. But Triche said his claim was ‘a lie’.
Asked how the small, rural Louisiana community was reacting, Abelseth said that there had been ‘divided responses.’
Barnes, who has nine hunting licenses across Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi, was well known in the community.
‘His friends defend him,’ lei disse. ‘But for the most part, I don’t read the comments online.
‘Most people have been amazing.’
Asked what she would say to Barnes, if she saw him, Abelseth fell silent.
'Non lo so,’ lei disse. ‘He knows what he’s done.’