Man charged with indecently assaulting 12-year-old girl

A Bodden Town man appeared in Summary Court on Thursday charged with gross indecency and indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl.

The defendant, Dwight Richard Barnes, denied the events outlined, attorney Jonathon Hughes told the court.

Referring to the residence at which the incident allegedly occurred, Mr. Hughes said his client had gone there at the request of the property manager to fix a refrigerator.

Crown counsel Stacy-Ann Kelly objected to bail. She said Barnes went to the premises on Sept. 19. While there, he indecently assaulted the girl and exposed himself.

The girl’s mother reported the matter to the Bodden Town Police station and Barnes was arrested that same date, she said.

Mr. Hughes said Barnes, 48, was taking this matter incredibly seriously, as were his family members. The defendant was willing to subject himself to any bail conditions that would address the court’s concerns.

Magistrate Grace Donalds said her decision was that bail would be withheld and Barnes be remanded in custody. She set the next mention date for Oct. 6.

The magistrate also ordered that the identities of the child and her mother not be disclosed in any reporting.