Rape trial set for this week is rescheduled
WARREN — The trial of a Niles man accused of multiple counts of rape and other sexually oriented charges linked to a juvenile victim has been postponed until 2022.
During a recent pretrial hearing in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, Joshua Barnes, 30, of North Bentley Avenue, Niles, waived his right to a speedy trial for an additional 150 days. In Ohio, defendants who are incarcerated must be tried within 90 days.
Barnes’ trial had been scheduled to start this week in the large courtroom of Judge Andrew D. Logan. Because of the waiver sought by defense attorney John Juhasz, however, it has been rescheduled to March 7.
Barnes faces five counts of rape that each carry a potential life sentence, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two counts of providing intoxicating liquor to an underage person.
Trumbull County jail records show Barnes remains incarcerated pending the posting of a $500,000 bond.
The case involves a girl victim who was from age 10 to 13 at the time of the offenses, and the defendant is on a recording admitting to the crimes, authorities have said.
Barnes was arrested after a warrant was served Aug. 26. According to a police report, a man reported the crime Aug. 23 at the police station. Police Capt. John Marshall said “it is alleged that Barnes engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile.”