Sex offender release denied

CRIME WATCH

May 16, 2007

A Baltimore judge rejected a motion yesterday to release a convicted child sex offender from prison while he awaits a parole revocation hearing.

Kenneth Earl Barnes Jr., 45, of the 7500 block of Park Heights Ave. is charged with violating his parole by being a danger to others. He is accused of eyeing children at local snowball stands, authorities said.

Barnes' attorney had asked Circuit Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon to release Barnes because the parole-violation charge has no basis in law. Cannon did say that Barnes' revocation hearing should be held as soon as possible, and the attorneys scheduled it for next week.

Barnes was convicted of sexually molesting a 9-year-old child in 1998 and received a 10-year suspended sentence. But he was sent to prison in 2005 for failing to register as a sex offender, and it is his parole in that case that he is accused of violating.

Julie Bykowicz

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