Sentencing set for sex offender

By: Jim Butler
CROWLEY - A Dec. 15 sentencing has been set for a repeat child molester called a menace to society by a fellow inmate.

Lance Barton, 51, of Crowley was convicted in July of child molestation and oral sexual battery.

Several other sex charges were also filed against him by the Crowley Police Department in a case when began in November 2005. Barton has been in jail since his arrest.

During Barton’s trial, the District Attorney’s Office noted it has received a letter from on of Barton fellow jail mates claiming Barton talked graphically about his crimes and mocked the DA’s office.

The anonymous inmate, who claimed to be a father called Barton a menace to society.

The Crowley case involved a 10-year-old girl. By the time she testified at his trial the victim was 15.

The charges were failure to register as a sex offender, five counts of molestation and one of oral sexual battery.

One of Barton’s victims from an earlier case also testified, describing actions by her molester that tracked those described by the current victim.

Barton’s record of child molestation dates to the early 1980s in several Louisiana cities.

He has been previously convicted of aggravated crimes against nature (1984), indecent behavior with a juvenile (1990) and oral sexual battery (1995).

Judge Glennon Everett ordered a pre-sentence investigation after Barton’s conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Rogers Hamilton of the District Attorney’s office.

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