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Jeffrey Barton sex abuse: Incapacitating drugs used on victims

Jeffrey Barton sex abuse case unsealed Friday.
Jeffrey Barton sex abuse case unsealed Friday.
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The Jeffrey Barton sex abuse is a "serious" case "spanning three decades, three schools and seven victims," Deputy District Attorney Tracey Prior said.

A top administrator at a southern California military boarding school for boys is accused of sexually abusing victims and documents unsealed last Friday reveal that he used incapacitating drugs on his victims. Reuters reports Barton, 56, was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse last October and charged with sexually assaulting four students attending the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California. The boys were from seventh and ninth grade. These occurrences happened mostly in his "private cottage and on various field trips."

Barton pleaded not guilty to the indictment that added seven additional charges and one more victim.

One of the Jeffrey Barton sex abuse victims recalled before a grand jury that he awoke feeling paralyzed and noticed Barton was sodomizing another boy, according to Prior in the court hearing. Both victims were on a snowboarding trip with Barton in 1997.

Indictment charges filed are from 1996 and 2001. Victims from that time are now between 28 and 42-year-old, the report said.

Judge Kathleen Lewis increased Barton's bail from $3 million to $6 million with the new allegations.

Jeffrey Barton's attorneys feel a disadvantage is on his behalf because they didn't have a chance to cross-examine victims after their testimony in the sex abuse case.

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