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Niles man to serve 25 years in child’s rape

WARREN – A Niles man remained silent as a Trumbull County judge sentenced him to 25 years to life Tuesday on 10 charges involving the rape of a female relative.

Joshua Barnes, 30, of 205 N. Bentley Ave., Niles, stood next to his attorney John Juhasz as Judge Andrew Logan also labeled him a Tier 3 sexual offender. Barnes on April 28 was found guilty by a jury of the charges after a four-day trial. The sexual assaults began in January 2019 when she was 10 and Barnes was babysitting her around the New Year’s holiday, according to trial testimony.

The victim had testified at trial the assaults that began shortly after the victim returned to Niles from Texas in late 2018, where she was staying with a grandparent. They had continued until the summer of 2021.

Under direct questioning from his attorney, Barnes denied the sex acts.

Judge Logan said if Barnes is released from prison, which would be after serving at least 25 years, he would be required to register his address with the sheriff’s office four times per year.

For more on this story, read Wednesday’s edition.

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