Alaska man to see jail time for trying to talk a minor into having sex

PHOTO: Opened jail cells, Photo Date: January 28, 2007
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A man in the Alaska village of Elim was sentenced by a federal court judge to serve 10 years behind bars, after he pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit a minor into having sex with him.

According to prosecutors, Herbert Barr, 51, sent a string of text messages to a minor during a week in July of 2017. In those explicit messages, he tried to talk the girl into performing sex acts. At one point, he even offered her money in exchange for sex, authorities said.

The minor informed her parents, who then contacted the Alaska State Troopers in Nome.

Prosecutors wrote Tuesday that, "Law enforcement officers swiftly prevented Barr from completing the sex abuse he tried to commit because of the minor’s prompt report to her parents."

In the courtroom, the victim spoke out about what happened, along with her mother, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation, which was speaking on behalf of the community. At the sentencing, the presiding judge said it was "particularly serious" due to the offer of money for sex.

In addition to the 10 years in federal prison, Barr will also be ordered to serve 20 years under supervised release.