Sampson man charged with rape, incest


Alleged incidents spanned 13 years

By Chris Berendt - cberendt@s24477.p831.sites.pressdns.com



A 67-year-old Plain View man accused of forcing a female relative to engage in sexual acts with him for well over a decade was jailed on felony charges and a sizable bond Tuesday after an eight-month long investigation by Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received a sexual assault complaint from a victim at the beginning of this year and launched the investigation, which has remained active ever since.

During that investigation, enough probable cause was ultimately established to obtain warrants on the suspect, Leonard Junior Barefoot, 67, of 2915 N. Spring Branch Road, Dunn, sheriff’s officials said.

Barefoot was arrested Tuesday on charges of second degree rape and felony incest. He was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $1.5 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The victim told authorities that Barefoot forced her to engage in sexual activity with him over a period of 13 years. Her age is not being disclosed “in order to protect the integrity and identity of the victim,” sheriff’s authorities said. However, family members said the accusations from the victim date back at least 30 years ago.

Alleged incidents spanned 13 years

By Chris Berendt

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