LAYTON – Police say a 21-year-old Layton man was arrested and faces sex abuse charges following an investigation into inappropriate activities with a teenaged girl.
According to Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman, Austin Joseph Barker was taken into custody on Tuesday, August 5, after the alleged victim told a counselor she’d had a sexual affair with the suspect.
Lyman said the victim, now 15 years old claimed she had a sexual relationship with Barker between June 2013 and May of this year.
Lyman said the victim claimed some of the sexual encounters were consensual, but that she was not willing to participate in others.
The victim also claimed that Barker showed her a pornographic video and texted her to arrange for sex, according to investigators.
Lyman said Barker admitted to investigators that he and the alleged victim had engaged in “some touching” but then refused to speak with police without an attorney present.
Lyman said investigators were looking through text messages for evidence of communication between Barker and the alleged victim.
Barker faces six charges, all felonies related to the investigation, including dealing in harmful material to a minor, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, forcible sodomy (two counts), sexual exploitation of a minor and enticing a minor over the internet. He was held in lieu if $250,000 cash bail.