Barnett facing rape, kidnapping charges

Record includes previous assault, domestic violence convictions

By Anthony Baker -



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EATON — A Gratis Township man faces charges of rape, kidnapping, abduction, and gross sexual imposition after a domestic violence-related call led to his arrest last week.

According to a statement issued by Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, on Thursday, Feb. 6, Sean Z. Barnett, 26, was arrested after deputies responded to a domestic violence-related call at Barnett’s residence on Monday, Feb. 3. Deputies found the alleged victim, a female acquaintance of Barnett, had fled the residence after being held there against her will since Jan. 23.

The victim had allegedly been physically and sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by Barnett.

According to Simpson, Barnett — who fled the residence before deputies arrived — was later located and taken into custody in Shelby County. He was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with two counts of rape, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping; two counts of abduction, a third-degree felony; one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony and one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Barnett previously pleaded guilty to charges of abduction, felonious assault, domestic violence, and using weapons while intoxicated in February 2014. Officials reported he held a woman and her child hostage at gunpoint for several hours in that case. He was sentenced to two years of incarceration on those charges by former Preble County Common Pleas Court Judge David Abruzzo in May of 2014, with 193 days credit for time served. He was granted judicial release by Judge Abruzzo in April 2015.

Barnett pleaded guilty to a probation violation in July 2015, just three months after receiving judicial release. He was incarcerated for an additional 78 days on that charge. His record includes additional charges in Eaton Municipal Court for disorderly conduct, underage consumption and telephone harassment.

Barnett is currently incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. Bond has been set at $100,000. Further court dates had not been established at press time.

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Record includes previous assault, domestic violence convictions

By Anthony Baker