Posted: Jul 15, 2010 4:38 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Jul 15, 2010 6:22 PM
Lance Barton, 51, whose record of child molestation dates back to 1984 in different cities across Louisiana, will probably be spending the rest of his life behind bars after his conviction Thursday in District Court at the Acadia Parish Courthouse. Judge Glennon Everett presided over the case. He also still has other sex-related charges pending against him including five counts of molestation and failure to register as a sex offender.
"I really think we sent a clear message to Mr. Barton and any other men who commit such crimes that the DA's office will vigorously prosecute sex offenses," said Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton who prosecuted the case.
Barton's sentencing will take place after a 90 day pre-sentencing investigation.
"We will be pushing for two or more convictions of life in prison," stated Hamilton.
Barton's record of crimes against juveniles dates back to 1984 when he was convicted of aggravated crimes against nature in Alexandria. In 1990, he was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Baton Rouge. Five years later he was convicted in Livingston Parish of oral sexual battery.
He was arrested by the Crowley Police Department on November 2005 and was charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, molestation of a juvenile, and oral sexual battery. He has been incarcerated ever since.
The charges in Crowley involved a 10-year-old girl. The girl, now 15, testified against Barton during the trial.
The District Attorney's office also received a letter from a fellow inmate of Barton's stating that he graphically described his crimes and actually laughed at the District Attorney during his trial. The inmate, who kept his name anonymous, claimed to be a father and called Barton a 'menace to society', stating that he 'strongly believes he definitely would commit these charges again.'
The inmate who wrote the letter did so on his own and was offered no deals by the DA's office.
"This case was successful due to all the agencies involved," stated Barton. "Today was definitely a good day for us."