Rape trial to last 3 days

Suspected rape happened near the restaurant and lounge in the Holiday Lakes area in Willard.
Cary Ashby
Sep 6, 2013


Attorneys expect a rape trial to last three days next week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

David Barnum, 38, of 213 Park St., goes to trial Tuesday on one count of rape in connection with a June 15 incident. If convicted of the first-degree felony, he faces three to 11 years in prison, a $20,000 maximum fine and a lifetime address registration requirement.

"We're going to have a jury view; that's going to take some time," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff told Judge Jim Conway.

The suspected rape happened near the restaurant and lounge in the Holiday Lakes area in Willard, where Barnum was an employee. The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Barnum soon afterward and filed a rape complaint June 17.

During Tuesday's hearing, Woodruff and defense attorney John McMahon confirmed the judge's statement that there had been some discussions about a plea deal, but there had been no formal offer.

"We kicked around (pleading guilty to) sexual battery, but we don't think that's appropriate," McMahon told Conway.

A prosecutor earlier said "this was a fairly violent rape." However, McMahon has said even though the rape allegation is serious, Barnum planned to claim the incident was consensual if the case went to trial.

Barnum, who was indicted last month, is accused of engaging in "sexual conduct with another when the offender purposely compelled the other person to submit by force or threat of force," according to the indictment.

Attorneys don't expect to file any motions, but McMahon said detectives seized footage from a security camera as evidence which the state hadn't released as of press time. He said there's likely "not a lot on there," but he wanted to take a look at the footage before the trial starts. Woodruff said his office would track it down.

Barnum remains in custody at the Huron County Jail, unable to post a $75,000 bond.


Yall Make Me Sick

So why is her name such a secret?


Why do you need to know who she is? There is no reason to print her name and let everyone know what happened to her. It is hard enough for a woman to go through this kind of thing without having her name made public.

Yall Make Me Sick

Yeah yeah yeah. I've heard she's pretty public.. Puting her business out for everyone to see & by that I mean flaunting her trashy self in front of any guy who will look. That's why I asked that. Rudeness!

Dr. Information

So she can claim rape and potentially tarnish this guys name for the rest of his life, but her name can be hidden? That makes no sense at all. A source told me this case holds no water at all. They both were drunk, were seen kissing and getting hot and heavy outside the bar area before this all went down. She went to the outside bathroom area willingly. This is a case of consensual sex and then the feeling of regret and what the heck did I just do, afterward by this so called victim. This isn't her first go round with claiming rape and everyone in Willard knows that. If you were raped as a woman, would you go around throwing up pictures on Facebook of that night at the bar the next day or go out galavanting around town the next night putting pictures all over Facebook? I think not.

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swiss cheese kat

If she was impaired (drunk), then under Ohio law she is unable to give consent to consensual sex. That then becomes rape by force Dr. Information. It is the law.


Then why wasn't she arrested for "alleged rape"? He was drunk as well. Laws pertain to everyone.


I agree fully. Why is she above the law? If i were him i would file a counter soute agains her


If in fact she was raped, then I'm all for her name not being printed. However, if it is found that she lied and it was consensual, her name should be in the headlines and she be called out as a liar and she should be charged with filing a false report.


If both were drunk, why is she not also charged? He would have also been unable to give consent to consensual sex. Why charge one and not the other if both were intoxicated


I was wondering the same thing!


Sheri Carr knows what she is doing, don't let her fool anyone. She is getting the attention she tried to avoid by having rebound sex with some random stranger but in this case she got caught. Why do you think she moved out of Willard? she will look like a complete idiot when the truth is out he is released and if he takes a plea deal. You know that broke bxxch will get something out of him. Isn't that what shes all about? if hes guilty in jail file a civil claime and get some money out of it. feel bad for the guy he had to be drunk to have sex with her.