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Durham County man, woman face child sex exploitation charges

Posted April 21, 2014

John Adams and Brandy Barnett

— A Durham County man and woman were arrested Thursday and charged with sexual offenses against a child. The charges stem from sexually explicit photos that were taken of a girl, believed to be 3 or 4, according to arrest warrants.

John Herbert Adams, 50, of 44 Blazing Star Lane in Bahama, was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, indecent liberties of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. He was released on bond.

Brandy Nicole Barnett, 30, of 700 Morreene Road in Durham, was charged with felony child abuse – sexual act, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child.

A Durham County sheriff's office spokesman said he couldn't comment on the relationship between Adams and Barnett.

Warrants state that nude photos of the girl in explicit poses were taken sometime between January 2010 and last week.

Adams was a Bahama Boy Scout leader. Jon Akerman, a spokesman for Boy Scouts of America, says the organization removed Adams after hearing of his arrest early Monday.

"I am comfortable that the scouting program has many barriers in place to protect the young people in the troop. All the barriers were in place to keep this from being a scouting issue," Akerman said. "All of our adult volunteers who register with the program are run through a national database ... It goes through a national system that goes through a criminal background check. We’ve been doing that for about 15 years with all volunteers. There was no background we found on this gentleman."


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  • dwr1964 Apr 22, 2014

    They are a beautiful couple.

  • Steve Orringer Apr 22, 2014
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    What is really bad is what if you are really innocent. I was charged and convicted of Indecent Liberties with a Minor, however, I am really innocent. See www.falseconvictions.com and you will see how a innocent persons life is destroyed because of wrongful convictions. Please read Victim Impact and Confession tabs. This is a very corrupt case.

  • Susan Harward Apr 22, 2014
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    So tired of the comments about "Boy Scouts". What is sad is that a little girl was abused and mistreated and the family of this man now have to pay for what he did. How this impacts their lives is sad. I hope and pray this little girl is now safe and in the care of people that will protect her. Shame on them both!

  • goldenosprey Apr 22, 2014

    This turned into a thread on the BSA and a typical librul vs American crossfire. The BSA reporting was legitimate because this guy evidently held himself out as someone who could be trusted with peoples' kids. The BSA acted appropriately as far as I can tell, and I'm sure if they had a clue this guy might be a pedophile, they would have kept him away.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 22, 2014
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    I've heard stories of parents taking pictures of their kids in a bathtub and getting charged like this. I always thought that was crazy, as lots of people I knew did that when I was a kid.

    I trust these charge are for something that actually matters.

  • Hammerhead Apr 22, 2014

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    I was told twice as a kid that I wasn't boy scout material. Didn't bother me, too conformist and I did all of those things on my own or with a few friends anyhow, without any restrictions.

  • Mark Farmer Apr 21, 2014
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    they were arrested 4 days ago.

  • stymieindurham Apr 21, 2014

    Now we know who he is. Why do we not know who she is????

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 21, 2014

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    It's a valid detail to publish, unless you think all the children he mentored in the Scouts through the years were entirely safe in his company after finding out he did this.

    Do you?

  • vt94hokies Apr 21, 2014

    I simply look at the many facts of how the Boy Scouts are involved in such real life situations. Most leaders are great, but some aren't. There have been loads of articles just like this one over the many years. I hope that he is convicted.