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Friday, August 21, 2009

[IL] THIS time (now-ex) Officer Barrington's GPS monitor revealed he was across the street from estranged-wife Nancy's residence

...In her application for a protective order, Nancy Barrington, Kevin Barrington’s wife, does not express fear of physical violence... Barrington was arrested and jailed after his Global Positioning System monitor showed him to be across the street from his estranged wife's home Aug. 6...

JUDGE ADDS ANOTHER $50K TO EX-COP'S BAIL
The State Journal-Register, (Springfield, IL)
Chris Dettro
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Former Springfield police officer Kevin Barrington will have to post another $50,000 in bail to be released from jail pending his trial on sexual assault charges against two minor girls.

Circuit Judge John Belz found Monday that Barrington, 51, had violated the terms of his previous bail three different times since he was first released July 24.

He posted 10 percent of $250,000 bond on that occasion, was rearrested after showing up at his estranged wife's home to retrieve his belongings, then posted an additional $500 July 28.

Barrington was arrested and jailed after his Global Positioning System monitor showed him to be across the street from his estranged wife's home Aug. 6.

He is the subject of a protective order that prohibits him from coming within 500 feet of his family home or within 500 feet of the home of one of his alleged victims, who lives nearby.

Barrington was charged in June with aggravated criminal sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual relations within family allegedly committed against two girls who are now adults. The conduct is alleged to have been ongoing for 15 years with one victim.

"He needs to follow the court order," Belz said.

After a court hearing, the judge found that Barrington had violated an order of protection by making a 20-second phone call to his wife July 24, then showing up at her residence to get some belongings. Barrington had called police ahead of time to be there when he arrived for his things, and officers were on the scene. He was arrested and returned to jail when police determined he couldn't be near the residence, even with police supervision.

Monitoring equipment Barrington was then ordered to wear showed him to be across the street from the residence between 12:30 p.m. and 12:43 p.m. Aug. 6.

Troy Dalby of the Sangamon County adult probation department testified as to how the monitoring equipment functions and said that 13 "tracking points" showed up on the GPS unit indicating Barrington was near "and moving around" the wife 's residence. He said there is a margin or error of 20 to 30 feet on each reading.

Dalby, under questioning by assistant state's attorney Sheryl Essenburg, said the monitor had shown one tracking point indicating Barrington was in his "exclusion zone" on two earlier occasions, but that he dismissed those readings as possibly flawed and adjusted the zone to 250 feet.

Dalby said the 13-point reading meant Barrington was within 50 to 100 feet of the residence on Aug. 6.

Springfield police officer Kasey Barrington, Kevin Barrington's son, testified that his father was with him at the younger Barrington's house between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. Aug. 6. Kasey Barrington said he was sure of the time because he returned from a doctor's appointment and his father was at the house. He said Kevin Barrington had asked to come over and shower because there was no hot water at the apartment where he was staying.

Kasey said Kevin was there until after 1 p.m.

Essenburg said there was no evidence the GPS "created a clear violation when there was none" and said Barrington's son had to be mistaken about the time.

Belz agreed there was no indication the GPS was malfunctioning, and said Dalby gave Barrington the benefit of the doubt on two earlier "hits."

"Based on the evidence, he's mistaken," Belz said about Kasey Barrington's testimony.

Belz ordered Barrington's new $500,000 bond to be consecutive to the other bonds he already has posted.

Chris Dettro can be reached at 788-1510.


EXCERPTS FROM EARLIER ARTICLES:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 June 2009
SPRINGFIELD POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED/PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Springfield Police Department
[Excerpts] ...A Springfield Police Department Officer was arrested late Sunday evening following an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Springfield Police Department. Officer Kevin D. BARRINGTON, 51, was arrested for the following crimes:
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault
Criminal Sexual Assault
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
Sexual Relations with Family
...Barrington, who is a 22-year veteran of the SPD, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and the internal affairs investigation by the SPD. The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations... [Full article here]

BARRINGTON CREATED FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND FOR ALLEGED VICTIM, AFFIDAVIT SAYS
The State Journal-Register
By Chris Dettro
Posted Jun 26, 2009 @ 11:30 PM
Last update Jun 26, 2009 @ 11:43 PM
Jailed Springfield police officer Kevin Barrington may have created a fictitious on-line boyfriend for one of his alleged sexual assault victims, according to an affidavit filed in support of search warrant served at Barrington’s home the day after his arrest. Authorities seized computers, internal and external hard drives, computer storage devices, and photographs or photographic storage devices from Barrington’s home late Monday afternoon. The affidavit, filed along with the search warrant in Sangamon County Circuit Court, also says one witness told Springfield police that Barrington took photographs of one victim in various semi-nude poses... Barrington is accused of sexually assaulting two girls — the younger victim since she was 12 years old and the older girl beginning when she was 13 or 14. The assaults on the younger girl allegedly took place over a period of 15 years and lasted until last month, the charges say. Both girls are now adults... “The family believes the story of [ficticious] Eduardo was fabricated by Kevin as another attempt to control and manipulate (the younger girl) and her life,” Flynn says in the affidavit... The affidavit says the older girl told detectives Barrington “literally treated (the younger girl) like his girlfriend and had total control over every aspect of her life.” She said Barrington would call and text the girl repeatedly throughout the day... [Full article here]

BARRINGTON ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING ORDER OF PROTECTION
The State Journal-Register
Jayette Bolinski
Updated: July 25, 2009 @ 5:35 p.m.
Former Springfield police officer Kevin Barrington was arrested Friday evening for violating an order of protection when he showed up at his wife’s home to pick up some property, according to city police. Barrington, 51, had been out of jail only five to six hours after posting bail earlier Friday. He is charged with sexual abuse and assault of family members. Dan Fultz, Barrington's lawyer, said his client, acting on instructions from jail officials, called Springfield police before going to the home and asked that an officer be present while he retrieved clothing and personal belongings. Fultz said an off-duty officer spotted Barrington walking on Governor Street toward his house and accompanied him. One of the alleged victims also lives on Governor Street and, like Barrington's wife, also has an order of protection against him. The off-duty officer and the officer who was dispatched were both present at the home, watching Barrington as he retrieved possessions, when a sergeant arrived and ordered Barrington's arrest, Fultz said. "It's unfair," Fultz said... Clay Dowis, deputy chief of investigations at the Springfield Police Department, said the dispatcher Barrington spoke to before going to the home apparently did not realize that orders of protection existed. The off-duty officer who encountered Barrington on his way to the house knew Barrington wasn't supposed to go near the property and summoned a sergeant and a lieutenant. Barrington was arrested after he was seen going into the yard and heading to a garage, Dowis said. Barrington’s wife, who filed for divorce on Tuesday, was inside the house and apparently had no idea he was there. She provided police with a copy of the order of protection... [Full article here]

FORMER SPRINGFIELD POLICE OFFICER OUT OF JAIL AGAIN
The State Journal-Register
Posted Jul 25, 2009 @ 10:15 AM
LAST UPDATE Jul 29, 2009 @ 12:50 AM
Kevin Barrington is free again. The former Springfield police officer, who is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, bailed out of jail Tuesday for the second time in five days. Barrington posted bond on the sex abuse charges on Friday but was re-arrested a few hours later for allegedly violating orders of protection barring him from going within 500 feet of the home he once shared with his now-estranged wife. Barrington had requested that police officers supervise while he retrieved belongings from his home. Police nonetheless arrested him after determining he could not go near the home even with police supervision. Barrington’s lawyers say their client acted in good faith and have asked for a speedy trial on the three resulting misdemeanor charges... [Full article here]

FORMER SPRINGFIELD COP GETS OUT OF JAIL AGAIN
The State Journal-Register
Bruce Rushton (bruce.rushton@sj-r.com)
Posted Jul 28, 2009 @ 03:51 PM
Kevin Barrington is free.
The former Springfield police officer charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse bailed out of jail today, four days after he bonded out Friday and was promptly re-arrested for allegedly violating orders of protection barring him from going within 500 feet of the home he once shared with his now-estranged wife... In addition to going to the home he once shared with his wife, Barrington is accused of violating a protective order taken out by one of his alleged victims... Prosecutors also say that Barrington telephoned his estranged wife in violation of a protective order. Dan Fultz, Barrington’s lawyer, said Barrington mistakenly dialed his home from a pay phone and hung up after less than five seconds... [Full article here]

SPRINGFIELD POLICE FEARED EX-COP
Report: Springfield Police Feared Ex-Cop Planned Suicide By Cop

mystateline.com
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 @10:56am CST
A former Springfield Police officer charged in a sex case went back to jail for violating the terms of his release, but officers may have had another reason to lock-up Kevin Barrington. Newly released dispatch tapes show that police feared Barrington may have tried to commit "suicide by cop." The Springfield "State Journal Register" obtained copies and transcripts of the conversations between officers last Friday... He had been jailed, but made bail last Friday. He was then re-arrested at his wife's house for violating an order of protection. He had been on suicide watch while locked-up and police feared the worst from his trip home... [Full article here]

[I left the police transcript quotes out of the following article's excerpts because I'm so grateful that police were taking such coordinated care & precaution that it feels too personal amongst them to quote here. It just didn't feel right.]

ARRESTED COP'S MENTAL STATE WORRIED POLICE
Dispatch tapes show police response

The State Journal-Register
Bruce Rushton (bruce.rushton@sj-r.com)
Posted Jul 27, 2009 @ 11:30 PM
Last update Jul 28, 2009 @ 11:24 AM
The possibility that former Springfield police officer Kevin Barrington might try to commit “suicide by cop,” not his alleged violation of a protective order, was the first concern of Springfield police after Barrington bonded out of jail Friday, according to police dispatch tapes... Barrington was charged Monday with three misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order... Barrington originally was arrested in June on multiple charges of sexual abuse. He finally posted bond on those charges Friday afternoon, but he was rearrested less than six hours later for allegedly violating a protective order... “I’ve dealt with people who are suicidal quite often,” said Jon Gray Noll, who, along with Fultz, represents Barrington. “He has never shown any signs of mental instability other than what one would expect with charges of this serious nature”... Springfield Deputy Police Chief Clay Dowis said Monday police were concerned that Barrington might have suicidal intentions because they knew he had been on suicide watch while in the Sangamon County Jail... “My concern was that he was out there breaking the order of protection and potentially manipulating witnesses,” Dowis said... Sheryl Essenburg, the assistant state’s attorney assigned to the case, said the three misdemeanor charges are based on allegations that Barrington telephoned his wife on Friday, despite the protective order not allowing any contact, and that he violated the order by going to the house. The third charge was based on an alleged violation of an order of protection taken out by one of Barrington’s alleged victims, who lives within 500 feet of the estranged couple’s home. In her application for a protective order, Nancy Barrington, Kevin Barrington’s wife, does not express fear of physical violence. Rather, she writes that her husband had told her by telephone that, since she wouldn’t bond him out of jail, he was going to hand over power of attorney to his lawyers and she would lose the couple’s house, his pension and accrued sick time compensation. She said her husband had been calling since his arrest on June 21. “These calls have increased in frequency and severity since then,” Nancy Barrington wrote. “I am fearful that he will become increasingly more threatening and controlling once he is released on bond.” In her application for an order of protection, the alleged victim who lives near the couple said she’s afraid of Barrington. “I fear for my safety because of the past sexual abuse and control he had over me for so many years,” wrote the victim. “There are multiple criminal charges against him, and I fear that he will come after me when he makes bail.” Bail conditions also bar Barrington from having any contact with his alleged victims... A jury trial on the protective order charges is scheduled for Aug. 10... [Full article here]

BARRINGTON ARRESTED AGAIN
Former officer allegedly violated order of protection

The State Journal-Register
By Amanda Reavy (amanda.reavy@sj-r.com)
and Bruce Rushton (bruce.rushton@sj-r.com)
Posted Aug 07, 2009 @ 11:17 PM
Kevin Barrington, a former Springfield police officer accused of sexual abuse, returned to jail Friday after allegedly venturing too close to his estranged wife’s home for a second time. He is being held without bond. It’s Barrington’s third stint behind bars since he was originally arrested in June on several counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault of family members that allegedly happened over a 15-year period. “He was arrested for being in violation of his order of protection,” Barrington’s attorney, Dan Fultz, said Friday evening. Barrington, 51, is the subject of protective orders barring him from coming within 500 feet of his estranged wife’s home or within 500 feet of the home of one of his alleged victims, who lives nearby. Authorities also electronically monitor his activities via a telephone line he had to have installed at his residence... Deputy Chief Clay Dowis of the Springfield Police Department said Sangamon County Adult Probation periodically check Barrington’s monitoring-device pattern, and they worked with the state’s attorney’s office to get a warrant for his arrest. Bruce Harmening, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, confirmed his agency was asked to make the arrest, which he said occurred about 3:45 p.m. in the 600 block of West Edwards Street... The Sangamon County state’s attorney’s office Friday also filed a petition to increase Barrington’s bond. A hearing on the petition likely will be held early next week... [Full article here]

HEARING ON INCREASING BARRINGTON’S BOND SET FOR MONDAY
The State Journal-Register
By Chris Dettro
Posted Aug 10, 2009 @ 11:14 PM
Last update Aug 11, 2009 @ 06:09 AM
A hearing on a petition to increase the bond for former Springfield police officer Kevin Barrington on sexual assault and sexual abuse charges has been scheduled for Monday. Barrington, 51, will remain in the Sangamon County Jail until then... Barrington was charged in June with aggravated criminal sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual relations within family allegedly committed against two girls who are now adults. The conduct is alleged to have gone on for 15 years with one victim... Barrington, a 22-year veteran of the police department, was placed on leave when he was first arrested and subsequently retired from the department. His trial on charges he violated the orders of protection has been rescheduled to Sept. 21, the same date as his trial on the felony sex charges... [Full article here]

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