Ex-soldier gets 24 years for sexually assaulting girl, 8

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A former soldier who represented himself at his trial this week was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, jurors convicted Christopher A. Barski, 24, of aggravated assault of a child under 14.

Barski was on active leave from the military in July and visiting relatives in Haltom City when the assault occurred, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Barski admitted to police that he touched the child inappropriately but said he was on the drug Spice — a form of synthetic marijuana — and was out of his mind, the release said.

The child told her mother, who confronted Barski and later called police, the release said. Prosecutors Dale Smith and Jacob Mitchell presented evidence that Barski contacted the mother on Facebook and offered her money if she would drop the charges, the release said.

Barski must serve half his sentence before he is eligible for parole and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the release.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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