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More child sex charges filed against Durham County man, woman

Posted May 23, 2014

John Adams and Brandy Barnett
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— More child sex charges have been filed against a Durham County man and woman who were initially arrested last month, authorities said Friday.

John Herbert Adams, 50, of 44 Blazing Star Lane in Bahama, was rearrested Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree sex offense with a child, indecent liberties with a child and two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He previously 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.

The grand jury indicted Brandy Nicole Barnett, 30, of 700 Morreene Road in Durham, on charges of two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. She previously was charged with felony child abuse, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child.

The new charges are related to events alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and April 17, 2014, involving a young girl, authorities said.

Last month, authorities said sexually explicit photos that were taken of a girl, believed to be 3 or 4.

Adams was being held in the Durham County jail under a $375,000 bond. Barnett has been in jail since her April arrest, and her bond is now $600,000.

Boy Scouts officials removed Adams as a troop leader after his April arrest.

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