Former Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 8 Boys in Wis.

Updated: 05/02/2014 2:58 PM
Created: 05/02/2014 10:23 AM
By: Nick Tabbert

A former police officer turned businessman accused of sexually assaulting a boy is facing additional charges involving seven more children in northwestern Wisconsin.
Authorities say 46-year-old Daniel Barber preyed on children in his care, sometimes using Craigslist and Facebook to connect with parents in need of baby sitters. St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts says Barber appeared to be "a knight in shining armor," sometimes stepping in to care for children of single parents experiencing financial difficulties.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the North Hudson man was charged in February with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy and possessing child pornography. The new charges filed this week date back to 2004 and allege the abuse of seven more boys, including two toddlers.

According to the criminal complaint, there were a series of events dating back to 2004 involving Barber inappropriately touching young boys.

One victim told police Barber took him on camping trips during the summer when he was approximately 7 years old and inappropriately touched him in the back of his RV. There were other boys present, but not in the RV when the sexual assault occurred, the complaint said.

Another victim said Barber inappropriately touched him while he was at friend's home. He also said he would spend nights at Barber's house and sleep naked in the bed while Barber would rub him, sometimes with a clear cream.

Other victims described similar encounters at Barber's home.

The complaint said that when interviewed by authorities in February, Barber said he had played the "human sandwich game" with two boys, where the boys would lie on each side of him.

When asked if the boys would be naked when they laid on top of him, Barber said "It's entirely possible" and then said "I won't dispute that."

Barber also said he did not believe he was sexually aroused when it happened, but when asked if it could have happened, said "Yes, I suppose it could have."

He said he would have been more aroused by the fact he had physical contact with another person, the complaint said.

Barber's attorney, Mark Gherty, declined to comment on the additional charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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