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Raleigh man faces new charge after sex abuse conviction

Posted April 30, 2011 2:34 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2011 5:46 p.m. EDT

— A probationer convicted of conspiring in the sexual abuse of a teenager was charged Friday with failing to report changing his address.

As a registered sex offender, Isaiah Barney III, 37, should have notified the Wake County Sheriff's Office within three days of moving.

In January, he registered his address as 300 S. Salisbury St., which is the address of the Wake County Public Safety Department, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

The sheriff's office believes that Barney has been living in Raleigh but has not been able to verify his address, according to an arrest warrant.

He was charged with a felony and placed under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Last May, Barney and Shameka Bennett, 37, who lived together, were charged in connection with the kidnapping and statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl in June and July of 2009.

Bennett was convicted last October of two counts of attempted second-degree sexual offense and taking indecent liberties with a child, according to state Department of Correction records. She was sent to prison and is expected to be released in 2015.

Barney was convicted in January of conspiracy to take indecent liberties with a child, records state. He was placed on probation.

DOC records show that at age 19, Barney was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, armed robbery and other crimes in Johnston, Wilson and Orange counties. He served 5½ years in prison.