The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 21, 2013

BREAKING: Man, 30, accused of rape over relationship with girl, 15

By Jean Cole

ARDMORE — A New York man has been charged with rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said Nicholas Paul Barner, 30, of 11 Madison Ave., Auburn, N.Y., was arrested Thursday on a charge of second-degree rape.

"The Police Department started an investigation in late May after being notified by the Department of Human Resources of an inappropriate relationship between Barner and a 15-year-old girl," Johnson said. "Sgt. Johnny Campbell investigated the case and was able to determine Barner, who is 30 years old, had a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old.

Campbell obtained the warrant for the arrest of Barner, who was pickup up in Auburn and returned to Alabama.

He was transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where he remains in lieu of a $15,000 bail.