Man Accused Of Raping Mentally Challenged Boy

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A disturbing story out of Bullitt County. A man is in jail accused of sexually abusing a 16-year old mentally challenged boy.

Police said the victim was mentally challenged and the abuse has been going on for more than a year.

Police said Rick Barr, 48, took advantage of the mentally challenged boy by giving him drugs and luring him into his home. Investigators worry there could be other victims.

At one point, the victim's mother called Ricky Barr a good family friend, but now she said she's never been happier to see someone in cuffs, heading for jail.

"It makes me sick to my stomach," she said.

"He took him out, did some things with him typical thing a pedophile does, buddied up to him," said Lt. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department. "And we believe he was giving him some drugs."

Suspicions arose after the victim's mother received a call from a close friend about what her own son told her.

"He told his mom that Rick Barr was getting my son high and taking him out stealing stuff from CSX Railroad," she said.

Noticing big changes in his behavior, the teen's mother confronted him.

"He broke down and told me," she said. By coming forward, she said she hopes to help any other possible victims who, like her son, may be suffering in silence.

"Just talk to you children if you have been around this man," she said. "Your children may not tell you, but please talk to their friends."

Barr is being held at the Bullitt County Jail charged with rape and sodomy. He was also cited for cultivating marijuana and receiving stolen property.

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  • by tabatha Location: g-town on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    This is so sad..but on the other hand...putting him in jail is only going to make him happier.. that way he can get what he likes anytime of the day and all day for FREE...SICK PEOPLE HE NEEDS TO BE LOCKED AWAY N THE KEY THROWN AWAY
  • by SANDY Location: LONDON on Jul 17, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    I totally agree with all you said SS Minnow
  • by SS Minnow Location: Richmond on Jul 17, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    It is bad enough that people use and abuse their own bodies, but there is a special place in h*** for those who take advantage of children and those with child-like minds. There is nothing more dispicable than people like this man!! Hope he finds himself in a dirty, grimy, 8X8 cell with the biggest, meanest, sexually depraved pervert there is. Karma--what goes around comes around!
  • by GRR Location: KY on Jul 17, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    This man should never see the light of day again! He should have about 100 Men beat him and UGH words can't explain what should happen to him! Thats ok there is a place for ppl like this after life!
  • by Lisa Location: KY on Jul 17, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    American's used to hang criminals in the town square and leave the bodies hanging for days as a "warning" to others. I miss the good ole days.
  • by MJ Location: Lex on Jul 17, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    Apparently, the man is a little mentally challenged himself to be able to committ such a crime. I will keep the boy and his family in my prayers.
  • by Kendal Location: Lexington on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    What a VERY sick man. He has now destroyed this child's life. Stop him before he destroys another!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: corbin on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    What a shame ! this makes me sick ...
  • by ginad41650 Location: sandyhook on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    people like this should never let back on the streets there are so many helpless kids out there who get done like this all time and they cant speak out for themselves because most people like this is considered to be not truthful or there words are not accountable for and they go unheard when they need us the most they get hurt because we dont take the time to listen the bible says the meek will inherit the world and whats in it so people should think about what they do to these people before they do it because there will be a judgement day for us all and its going to be shortly good day and god bless all gina
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    I hope he never sees the light of day again...put him in a dark dungeon and throw away the key.
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