There has been further court activity in the case of Robert Barrett, an ex-deputy coroner.
Barrett, 42, was originally sentenced to a 7-year prison term following his June plea of guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault. He was accused of committing sex acts with a 16-year-old girl over a period ranging from December 1 2010 to January 18 2011.
Some excerpts from the October 27 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Guilty plea stands for ex-deputy coroner” :
Former deputy coroner Robert Barrett was back in court Thursday regarding a pending motion to withdraw his guilty plea.
“I brought you in because I was getting mixed signals about what you wanted,” Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes told Barrett.
There were papers on file at the court indicating that Barrett wanted to withdraw his plea and other papers on file that appeared to contradict that, Shanes said.
Barrett said he had considered bringing his case to the appellate court, but was not going to ask to withdraw his plea.
“(There is) no right to reconsider a sentence on a fully negotiated plea like you had,” Shanes said.
Barrett agreed to withdraw all pending motions.
“I will take the plea of guilt,” Barrett said.
Additional information and possible updates can be found in the above-mentioned Lake-County News-Sun article.