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7/2/2012 9:34:00 PM
Video store owner pleads guilty to child sex charges
Derek Robert Barnes, 40, of Prescott
Derek Robert Barnes, 40, of Prescott
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The owner of a Prescott Valley video store on Thursday accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Derek Robert Barnes, 40, of Prescott originally faced 25 counts. In January, police officers took a report about Barnes allegedly having sexual contact with a girl younger than 18, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

Officers learned the girl was a family friend of Barnes, who owns and operates the Video Outpost in Prescott Valley, and had helped Barnes with miscellaneous tasks at the store, Bonney said.

Investigators were told that around November 2010, Barnes and the victim, who was 15 at the time, began having sexual contact several times a month, Bonney said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the Video Outpost in the 6100 block of Highway 69 and collected physical evidence related to the case.

The four counts to which Barnes pleaded guilty under the agreement are class 6 felonies.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane said the charges are based on the victim's age:

• Under 15 is a class-2 /dangerous crimes against children felony, which comes with harsh sentencing standards;

• if the victim is over 15 years old, it is a class-6 undesignated felony - those can later be converted to a misdemeanor by a judge, if the defendant meets certain guidelines.

McGrane also addressed the seeming disparity between recent charges for possession of child pornography brought by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office and lesser ones for sexual conduct with a minor.

"I understand the comparison, and it is a legitimate concern," he said, but when they make an arrest for child pornography, "the images we're dealing with (are usually) pre-pubescent children."

He said the most recent research confirms that individuals who show an interest in that kind of pornography have a high incidence of committing sex crimes in reality.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock has scheduled sentencing for Aug. 8.

She could give Barnes a sentence of as long as six years in prison.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Article comment by: Jessica Kralc

Is no one else concerned that he is still in business for the time being right in front of an elementary school?!?!? He should not be allowed anywhere NEAR the establishment. I understand that what has been done is perverted and wrong but what about the children near by that are also right on the otherside of a wall which happens to be the porn rentals?!?!

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Forgiveness Is not our decision

Forgiveness is up to god not for us to decide all our job is to do is arrange the meeting!Pretty messed up this guy who had contact and regular sexual encounters is looking at less time then the yavapai six!What is wrong with you people?I think at 15 these young adults know enough about the decisions their making that BOTH parties involved should be punished!Just my two cents!

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Talk About Calling The Kettle Black

Looks who is calling the kettle black-- "disgusted reader" -- you for judging her calling her arrogant. Jeez

Barnes deserves what he gets for punishment.

Marcus M. Prescott

Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Article comment by: takes one to know one

at +disgusted reader+ >>> regarding arrogance >>> takes one to know one >>> may god have mercy on your arrogance

Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Article comment by: Say What?

Hello 'DISGUSTED READER.' what the h___ are you babbling about now? Comments all over this thread who are disgusted with this guy and you point at Marianne? See, its true what they say about this Christian thing it must be the one true religion because no one else on this thread was attacked. Way to go in proving her righteousness for legit judgment. If you have kids, 'disgusted reader' and they do wrong don't you judge it or do you leave it up to the courts to decide? DUH!

Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Article comment by: I Beg To Differ

:: @ "Disgusted Reader" . . . . . . . . .
:: I beg to differ with you I completely agree with all Marianne and C. Bradshaw and others who proclaimed truth on this board and I give them a great deal of credit for speaking the truth with concern felt by this reader.

Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Article comment by: Disgusted Reader

Marianne, Granted that you are articulate, but who elected you to plead this case to God? I can't stand you so-called Christians who take it upon yourselves to pass judgement on others.
As I see it, the legal system is supposed to handle that for you. May your God have mery on you for your arrogance.

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: So Little Innocence Left with kids

Our nation certainly needs positive role models. We certainly could use another Sheriff AndyTaylor for our kids today.

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: TO 'WAKE UP PARENTS'

:: TO: "Wake Up Parents" from: Rodney K.
:: AMEN and AMEN to everything you said.
:: We chose no children because we knew we were too selfish. And we made the right decision.
:: Parents, WATCH your kids! There's perverts camouflaged as 'nice guys' everywhere.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Wake Up Parents

I wish to god parents would pay better attention to their kids activities with friends, on-line chats, (monitor their computer usage and time spent), check their cell calls and/or texting messages you have the right and the responsibility. Ask questions if there's any doubt where they have been and with whom. Talk to them about school activities, homework, new friends they met and by all means listen to them. Observe their behavior. Notice if there's been any recent changes in their eating habits, exceptional mood swings, restlessness, aggressiveness, defensive behavior. These could all be signs of having been sexually abused (physically or verbally) or bullied or of using drugs. The hardest job a man or woman could possibly have is that of being a parent and sadly in our modern day world kids seem to be taking a back seat to parents social life, work, drug usage, divorce disputes or just plan selfishness.
.... If kids aren't getting what's needed at home from their parents they will look elsewhere in order to obtain the emotional and physical support required in order to survive. They will also act out in order to receive the authority needed in their lives which is why oftentimes kids will break the law for the attention of the authority figure. So parents need to set rules and stand by them by being consistent. Let these kids know they are loved enough to be punished for wrong behavior otherwise they will seek it out from gangs who love to show authority and punish in heinous ways. Kids need their parents to be parents not friends. If you're afraid of your kid best get professional help.
If you don't wish to care for a child in the way he or she ought to be cared for then please reconsider having them.
Get them to bed in time for proper nights sleep. 7-10 hours pending on their age. Feed them home cooked meals. These fast food places/processed foods are killing our kids slowly with too much fat and sodium.
Wake up parents. You have a job to do. And please, mothers, stop inviting your boyfriends to spend the nights and move in with you. How well do you really know them anyway?

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Who Accuses Teenage Alter Boys of Consenting?

Repeated sex acts between an adult and a minor does NOT imply that those acts were consensual, whether the victim is male or female.

Children cannot enter into legally binding contracts, either, due in part to their well established and broadly accepted lack of maturity and foresight.

Barnes was not publicly humiliated, nor did he take responsibility for his crimes. He was caught, denied any wrongdoing and then pled guilty. He is a 40-year-old "man" ... and had repeated sexual contact with a minor over time.

He has publicly humiliated himself.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Six years???

Six years, and he admits to having sex repeatedly with a minor. The Yavapai Six chatted online with a person who was an adult playing a child, and they get longer sentences for thinking about it? Where on earth is justice in this county?

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Are you serious?

The comments from some of you defending, or excusing this guy's actions are quite strange. Your efforts to minimize the crimes he committed, or to assail your fellow citizens who are rightfully disgusted with his actions, are actually pretty bizarre.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Consider The Children

Forget about what this guy has lost consider what the children have lost! Get it now? Geez!

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: C. Bradshaw

Responding to some of the comments:

Mr. Barnes accepted the responsibility of this young girl to be a role model as a "father figure" also to protect her and be there for her.
He took complete advantage of her vulnerability and the need for a father figure in her life. He had many chances to stop his actions, yet he "choose" not to. He used his role as a power of manipulation over her mind. He told her things, that a 15 year would want to believe. His cop out was "I made a poor judgement call". He not only betrayed his family and friends, he also betrayed the victims family and friends. The "victim" is the one who has suffered and lost the "most" out of these two individuals. The victim has been victimized not only once by Mr. Barnes, but twice by the public stating that she had made false accusations. Mr. Barnes will have to deal with the guilt that someday I pray he feels. I dont believe for a minute that he accepts responsibility for his actions until he starts asking for forgiveness not only from his family, but from the victims family and the victim herself. Then he will have to start forgiving himself for making "a poor judgement call".

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: hell-o anybody home?

let's see now a person repeats an act over and over again and its called a mistake, really? now there's a new concept.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Rod K.

Oh pleeeeeeeese Randy my priest was a pillar in my community who did good deeds and was well known and all the rest of that crap and he's now serving time for messing with the alter boys.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Sorry, don't buy it

Pedophiles are repeat offenders.
They never believe deep within they are guilty even though they say they did wrong.
This type of addiction is the hardest to break out of if ever.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: @ Randy Rogers

@ Randy Rogers no one on this board said anything about not forgiving. Everyone deserves forgiveness . We all have to live with our choices that's for certain. No one gets a free pass in this life. Being a "nice guy" doesn't cut it, sorry to say. He could walk on water and it wouldn't make a bit of difference when you go and do the dirty.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: A Mistake?

A MISTAKE? I think not! You best think again Randy Rogers
Would you call it a 'mistake' if this were your daughter? A real friend would speak the truth and stand against evilness and see it for what it really is. And Derek deserves to lose everything that's what happens when you mess around with little girls. People are judged by the company they keep.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Changes ahead?

Will this change anything about the operation of his video store? It is near my home and enjoy renting dvds and adult tapes. I hope that he can stay in business. He always was nice and seemed to be a good guy.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Not Casting Any Stones

That area of psychology is subjective and circumstantial Professor Kirkpatrick. Derek, your friends still love you, unconditionally and always. I hope you and your wife, and your friend, rise from this and soar.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Randy Rogers

Derek Barnes, I am proud to say is a friend of mine. He has been my friend as well as a business associate for over 10 years and I know him to be an articulate, intellegent, honest
hard working business man who has been an asset to this community for most of his life. Did he make a mistake? Yes a very big one for which he has paid dearly. He has lost his business, most or all his savings, and has been publicly humiliated almost beyond measure, He accepts responsibility for his mistake and is facing up to its consequences like the man he is and always was. His wife, who knows him better than any of us also understands that he is worth forgiveness. Yes,
he is my friend and worth more than all of you self-righteous hypocrites, who spew your vindictive diatribes anonymously, put together.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: LE Supporter

@WTH: I don't need to be there to know how this type of crime occurrs. You just have to be eductade a little bit about how these perverts operate on these young victims. It doesn't differ much in these cases. It is a grooming pattern that happens far to often.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Professor Kirkpatrick

I wouldn't wish prison time on my worst enemy. Never had the experience but understand its hell on earth to be locked up with the atypical 24/7 but hey, them's the breaks. You do the crime you do the time and crimes against children in my book is the height of twisted evil.

@ " Not Casting Any Stones" you just did by downplaying 15 year old's judgment to know the difference between consensual sex with an adult and consenting sex with her peers. 15 year olds have sex with adults for different reasons than with ones their own age and its up to the adult to set up boundaries because they know the difference and they also know it's WRONG! {Might want to take a psych course or two}.

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