Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No Charges Filed Against Fayetteville Priest

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The Washington County Prosecutor's office does not intend to file criminal charges against Rev. Bradley Barber.

This weekend, Barber, 53, a Catholic priest, was suspended from his pastoral role at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville because of allegations of sexual misconduct. The accuser is a 24-year-old man.

The accuser alleges he went to Barber's home at the St. Joseph rectory about 3:30 a.m. last Tuesday out of concern for Barber's well-being. The two had exchanged e-mail and phone conversations and Barber sounded drunk, according to a Fayetteville Police Department report released Monday by Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Dustin Roberts.

While at the home, the accuser claimed Barber forced him to engage in sexual activity, according to the police report.

Brian Wood, Barber's attorney, would not comment on the accusations.

"He can't comment right now," Wood said when asked if the allegations were true. "Right now we're focused on representing him and defending him."


Barber is a former Episcopal priest. He and his wife and their four children joined the St. Joseph parish in 2007, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Little Rock. He moved to Fayetteville from the Corpus Christi, Texas, Diocese.

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