A man from Plymouth has been brought to trial on charges of raping a child

PLYMOUTH – A man from the town of Plymouth must answer charges in Montgomery County Court that he sexually assaulted a girl many times when she was in his company and when she was 5 to 10 years old.

Daniel Barnett, 39, from 3100 on Plymouth Rock Road, was ordered to appear in court after a preliminary hearing before District Court Judge Jodie L. Griffiths on charges of child rape, involuntary sexual intercourse with a child that aggravated indecent childish misconduct , an indecent attack on a child and corruption of a minor in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between 1997 and 2003 in the towns of Plymouth and Whitemarsh.

Barnett, who remains in the county jail after failing to post $ 1 million bail, is awaiting a formal hearing on charges in the district court on June 8, after which a judge will set a date for the trial.

The investigation began on March 24, when the victim, now 29, showed up at the Plymouth City Police Department and reported that Barnett had raped her more than 100 times during her six-year period as a child, according to a criminal complaint filed. Plymouth City Detective Eric Ponzeck.

The victim claimed that the sexual assault began when she was 5 years old and occurred before she was 9 or 10 years old, as well as when Barnett was 10 years older than the victim, according to court documents. Barnett, who was a friend of the victim’s brother, was 14 years old when the alleged abuse began, and about 20 when it ended, court documents show.

Detectives allege that the attacks escalated from improper touching of the girl’s private parts to her clothing to rape and other sexual acts.

“Sexual violence continued until the middle of the fifth grade,” Ponzek said in court documents. “The victim said sexual assault had occurred hundreds of times.”

The case is being handled by Assistant District Attorney Karl Pisaryk, a member of the District Attorney’s family protection department. Defense attorney Brendan Michael Campbell represents Barnett, according to court records.

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