SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A South Bend Police Officer is in jail tonight, facing charges of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. The incident was reported to the Mishawaka Police Department two weeks ago. Since then, Officer Timothy Barber has been on paid leave, according to REAL News Michiana sources.
Multiple sources tell RNM that Barber had met the teen at a local fast-food restaurant. There were rumors that he would meet the girl in Mishawaka in his squad car while on duty. Court documents now prove those rumors to be confirmed as actual allegations.
According to court documents, the parents of the child discovered the sexual relationship between Barber and their daughter in her text messages. When confronted, their daughter admitted to having sex with the officer in his squad car on multiple occasions.
Court documents state Baber and the child had been communicating since July of this year after he met her at the restaurant where she worked. According to those documents, Barber would visit her in full police uniform and eventually started to pick her up from work where he would drive her to a secluded area to have sex in his squad car.
The victim goes on to describe multiple incidents where Barber would exposing his genitals to her while she was working the drive through at her place of employment.
Court documents also state that Barber knew the girl was only 16-years-old and he had told her that there was nothing wrong with him having sex with someone her age.
The juvenile victim also told investigators that she felt like she had to have sex with Barber since she was intimidated because he is a cop.
You can read all of the charging documents for yourself below.
Barber is being charged with 6 crimes related to the relationship:
Count I: Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Count II: Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Count III: Public Indecency, a Class A Misdemeanor, Count IV: Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony, Count V: Public Nudity, a Class B Misdemeanor, Count VI: Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony.
Barber has been an officer with SBPD for about 2 and a half years.
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