In 2007 46-year-old Shawn Damon Barth dated the mother of a now 13-year-old girl and at some point, in the last year even had custody of the girl for a while.
Police in Moorpark California arrested Barth last week and charged him with Child Rape, Oral Copulation on a Child, and Continuous Sexual Abuse. Law Enforcement is alleging that this royal scumbag kept a 13-year-old locked in his motor home where he raped her daily.
He let her out to go to school and eventually her school district tipped off police to possible abuse.
From what I have read the police still don’t know why she was with Barth in the first place. She was never reported missing by her mother but right now the police are treating the mother and another woman as cooperative witnesses.
Authorities today (September 21st, 2008) released further details about the arrest of a man suspected of keeping a 13-year-old girl as a sex slave near Moorpark.
Shawn Damon Barth, 46, was arrested Monday morning when Ventura County sheriff’s deputies, who were watching him, stopped his pickup truck in the Ventura area, said Detective Eric Buschow.
Authorities suspect Barth raped the girl daily for the past three months in a motor home parked in an orchard near the 4000 block of Hitch Boulevard west of Moorpark, Buschow said at a press conference at the Sheriff Department’s Thousand Oaks station. He kept the girl isolated in an RV parked in a remote location, an Orchard more than a mile from the road. According to the owner of the orchard, Barth was paying him a fee to park there.
The suspect was scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County court this afternoon on charges of child rape, oral copulation on a child and continuous sexual abuse. He was being held in Ventura County Jail today in lieu of $1 million bail.
The Moorpark school officials contacted the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District to try and transfer school records and were informed that there had been a molestation allegation against Barth and that they thought a restraining order had been filed against the man. That’s when they decided to contact the police. Barth claimed that he was the girl’s guardian, though he did not have legal custody of her. He had previously had a relationship with the child’s mother.
He is being held in the Ventura County Jail on $1 Million bond.
More updated details 11/15/22 –
Barth and both women involved pleaded guilty in connection with this case in May 2011. Barth was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Under 14, Continuous Sexual Abuse and a Special Allegation of Sex with a Child. Jessica Ceci pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and the other woman, related to the child, pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Barth was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison on the aggravated sexual assault charge as well as a concurrent 12-year term on the count for continuous sexual abuse of a child. In addition to various fines and fees, Barth was ordered to pay $100,000 in direct victim compensation.
Since Barth has been locked up, he’s been a frequent litigant in court, including appealing the judgment against him as well as civil rights violations. If you want more information on any of those there are a bunch of PDFs and reports available on the Internet. I guess with all that free time in prison he doesn’t have anything else to do. A few of them include Barth v. Beard (2019, a second amendment civil rights claim), Barth v. Kernan (2018), Barth v. Muniz (2019), Barth v. Seinteno the federal civil rights action), Barth v. S. Borbe, (2021), Barth v. McDuffie (2020), Barth v. Gurovich (2014), Barth v. Matsuno (2021). All of them that I could find were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.