A 20-year-old Pekin man bowed and slowly shook his head as his life’s story was revealed in court Monday.
It contained enough details of Allen Barnard’s alleged sexual assaults and contacts with young girls since he was 12 for a judge to rule that he may not walk free from incarceration in December as now scheduled or perhaps for years to come.
Tazewell County Circuit Judge Stephen Kouri found probable cause to commit Barnard to a state mental health facility where he will be examined to determine whether he should be designated a sexually violent or dangerous person.
It’s not known whether that analysis will be completed before Barnard finishes the 3-year prison term he’s now serving for his conviction last year on a child pornography charge.
He was convicted of trading sexually explicit photos through the internet with a girl he knew to be 14 while he was on probation for criminal sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl he fondled at a water park.
Barnard was 18 when he committed that latter crime. He was 15 when he was accused, but not charged, with fondling a high school classmate and forcing sex on two 14-year-old girls in separate instances, according to testimony from a state-employed clinical psychologist.
Dr. Robert Brucker told Kouri that his interview and analysis determined Barnard suffers from paraphilia, a sexually obsessive mental disorder, and anti-social tendencies that make him “much more likely than not” to commit sexual crimes against young girls in the future.
He’ll be transferred to the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services. If Barnard is subsequently designated a sexually dangerous person, he’ll remain and receive counseling and treatment in the department’s custody until a panel of consultants determines he’s no longer a threat to society.
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