Victim: 'I don't want it to happen to anyone else'

Charge reduced from rape to assault; defendant sent to prison.
Cary Ashby
Mar 6, 2014

The assault victim had to collect herself for a few moments before she spoke to the court Wednesday.

The woman said the June 15 incident has affected every personal and work relationship she has.

"What happened that night ... is something that changed my life forever," she said.

"I've been to counseling. I've had to relocate," said the victim who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depression and anxiety.

The mother of two daughters, who are 14 and 18, said she can't imagine them going to dinner with her best friend like she did and being sexually assaulted.

"I don't want it to happen to anyone else," the victim said. "I don't want to run into him ever again."

In mid-August, a Huron County grand jury indicted the defendant, David Barnum, 38, of 218 Park St., Willard, on rape. The first-degree felony is punishable by three to 11 years in prison. Then in mid-January, Barnum pleaded guilty to an amended fourth-degree felony of aggravated assault.

Barnum was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison -- one month short of the maximum.

"The defendant got carried away and took advantage of someone," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, whose office had a lengthy discussion with the victim before Barnum's plea.

Leffler said it's possible for any man to get the wrong message when interacting with a woman, but he said he can't imagine first meeting someone and then sexually assaulting someone as Barnum did.

"I'm sure he feels bad about it," Leffler added. "He's had some felonies, so some prison time would be appropriate."

The June 15 assault happened at the restaurant and lounge in Holiday Lakes in Willard when both subjects had been drinking and socializing. Barnum was an employee there, but later worked at a different location with the same name.

Defense attorney John McMahon said a friend of the victim went looking for her when she realized the woman was missing and found Barnum and the victim "doing their business" in a quiet place in the establishment.

"There was no screaming; there was no struggling," McMahon said, referring to the victim.

Barnum's attorney accused the woman of making similar allegations to the Willard Police Department in 2007. He said the victim provided language in that complaint "that was almost verbatim" to what she told the Huron County Sheriff's Office in this case.

Deputies arrested Barnum soon after the assault.

"If I could take that night back, I would. ... I think about it every night," Barnum said Wednesday, referring to the assault. "I sincerely apologize to her."

Barnum spent 84 days in the Huron County Jail. He had been on an electronically-monitored ankle monitor since his Jan. 17 plea hearing.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, before announcing the prison sentence Wednesday, said Barnum earlier had been charged with or convicted of two assaults, receiving stolen property, theft, domestic menacing and domestic violence.

"Those past acts give credibility to what the victim said happened," Conway said.

The judge ruled Barnum's remorse wasn't genuine. Conway said he believes the defendant's problems are as much about substance abuse as anything else and noted that undergoing sex offender treatment in prison would be appropriate.

Conway said Barnum "got the benefit of the (plea) bargain" and said he would consider releasing him early from prison into a community-based corrections facility -- but only after Barnum had served a "significant portion" of his 17-month prison term. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Barnum, who earlier had successfully completed parole, will be on three years of post-release control.

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JMOP

Leffler said it's possible for any man to get the wrong message when interacting with a woman, but he said he can't imagine first meeting someone and then sexually assaulting someone as Barnum did.

"I'm sure he feels bad about it," Leffler added. "He's had some felonies, so some prison time would be appropriate."

What!? Huron county needs a new prosecutor! Am I reading that right?

methodman

Definitely. I can hardly tell this guy is the prosecutor by the comments he makes. Its as if hes making excuses for the people he is supposed to be putting away. Time for a new prosecutor.

JMOP

Exactly Methodman!

Everyone is fam...

Leffler is a disgusting pig. "...wrong message." And "...sure he feels bad".

Wow.

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JudgeMeNot

Neck tattoos make it so much easier to identify the people who are perpetual losers.

mcgoff01

You must be kidding, this sentence is a joke.

Dr. Information

Consensual sex in the public that got rough. That's all this is, was. The reason he is going to jail is because of his past.

judg_lis

Photoreal77....good to see a fellow David supporter on here. As a woman im absolutely disgusted by what this female did. Not only did she hurt Dave and his family by doing this she has hurt future TRUE rape victims. He will get through this, because anyone who knows him and or cares about him knows the truth. I just hope karma does its job!

judg_lis

Dr. Information hit it rite on the dot!

beagleboy

I totally agree Dr. Information

photoreal77

You're absolutely right Dr. Info. Any genius & anybody that knows this woman can see that his past got him this sentence. Her crying rape AGAIN has this time hurt a child and ruined this mans life. She doesn't want to run into him again? Then MOVE OUT OF THE STATE!!! Dave will be out in 17 months and will continue to raise his child in this community no matter what this horrible woman wants.
It's NOT ok to cry rape after you get caught cheating on your boyfriend!!!

former local

He's been in trouble before, I think he's doing a fine job of ruining his own life without any help.

judg_lis

How many years ago? In his early 20's. Never any type of sex offense. Sexual deviants dont wait nor can they fight their urges to rape. If that iS what their natural impulses entail. Research proves they are repeat offenders. You obviously have not followed this case or know either parties. Mistakes in a persons life allow them to learn and grow. I hope i am not judged by choices i made in my early 20's. Or by the decision to choose permanent skin altercation as my method of self expression. Those 2 factors are the only reason he is incarcerated as we write. I dont know why im surprised by the small town sophomoric opinion of FORMAL LOCAL

judg_lis

I agree with you 100% I can't believe it turned out this way! The reason she is so messed up is because now she has to live with herself and what she did to an innocent man. Some of the people on here are morons and have no clue how the system works. By seeing what happened yesterday thank god he took a plea. He couldnt take the risk of putting his life in the hands of 12 strangers. Does he have a past, yes. Does he have tattoos, yes. We all have a past. He is a changed person. Taking a plea is a decision someone makes, because they realize 11 years is not worth gambling on. Also, people are judged by there outer appearances. It is sad that in todays day and age an innocent person has to sacrifice over a year of their life, because of such superficial insignificant factors, but its reality! This isnt law and order people. The innocent dont go free, the truth never comes out and people dont remain stubborn and stick to their innocence when they know a jury might believe this woman! Apologizing for putting yourself in the situation is not admitting guilt! The defendant took a polygraph and passed with flying colors! This wasnt the plantiffs 1st, 2nd or even 3rd time of falsely accusing a man of this. There is a report where she accuses another man word for word of the same exact thing. If the defendant had a clean record and clean, inkless skin, the results would of been completely different. Now, the real sex offender is still able to victomize other men. She continues do do the same thing and lets hope another person doesnt lose precious time. She needs help. The defendant will do his time and get out and be fine. She on the otherhand needs serious mental health treatment. So noone else suffers.

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JudgeMeNot

All neck tattoos say the same thing: loser.

beagleboy

and who are you to judge?

WATCHED_1s

Well from what the witness said, that's exactly what this sounds like. She was caught by her friend having sex with this guy then called rape. If she would have never been caught this guy would be free. I don't know either one of these people but if the witness is telling the truth, I call false allegations.

JMOP

If it was all rough sex, and she got caught cheating on her boyfriend, then why is the defendent apologizing to her?

WATCHED_1s

Idk... I was just going off of what her "friend" said. There was no screaming or struggle. And they were in a quiet place? How did they both get there? And pants were dropped or skirts lifted. Either way how did it get to this point without a struggle? Something don't add up. That's all I'm saying. Like I said I don't know either of these people and I'm not defending anyone. I wasn't there and don't know what really happened. I'm just going off what I read that's all.

JMOP

I'm just going by what I'm reading here also. I don't know anyone involved.

It just got under my skin what Leffler said though.

WATCHED_1s

Hmmm....?

former local

You have no idea how you would react in that situation unless you have been in that situation.

photoreal77

Former Local Hahahaha!! You're right because a faithful woman doesn't cheat! I sure as hec would own up to my mistake and wouldn't ruin a mans life just cause I got caught out drinking & "doin business" in the bathroom with the bar employee that I was flirting with all night! SMDH Get real!!

ukcats

She relocated because she knows the whole town knows how she is. She was out partying within 2 weeks of her getting caught having sex and call rape again. She had to get herself together good show SC.

ukcats

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brutalyhonest

WOW!! Sentance was wrong. Period. They should have had a private investigator following this woman around after she made the claims. Mr. Leffler, this was not just a man getting the wrong Idea. I have seen her in local clubs, and have seen how she acts and what she does. This includes Inappropiate hand placement "BY HER".. which was the case a week or so ago in a local club. One guy actually got up and left. All I can say is, If any guy decides to go along with this womans forwardness...Make sure you have Bail money in your pocket..

photoreal77

Amen!!! She "doesn't want this to happen to anyone else". Then stay away from men period!!!!

JMOP

All I can say is I wasn't there. Those two only knew what went on. If this woman's reputation is as bad as some say on here, maybe he thought no one would believe her, and went forward after she said no. He did apologize to her, and if his apology was only to get off on charges, then his credibility, and honesty should be in question too.

WASP71

He's just made some mistakes. It's ok. Because some people think it's ok to just keep making mistakes with no consequences or minor consequences. But I'm just angry. I should be happy these dredges of society keep making mistakes, and raping, robbing and pillaging. Oh well. I guess if I'm angry and think the 3 chances is all you should get, so be it. So the bleeding heart(s) out there that think it's ok for these people to make mistakes, then let them live with you. Or date your son/daughter. Or help run your business. I'll stay angry and dislike all these pukes. I have to put up with them in society. Doesn't mean I have to like them. Let the comments begin!!

photoreal77

Sounds like you need anger management & some church time. Wowzers. Your comment is all over the place buddy. Please take it upon yourself to get some help.

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