Ex-administrator at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Alleged victims were students at school

CARLSBAD - An ex-administrator for a North County military boarding school was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting at least six of his one-time students.

Jeffery S. Barton, 56, who was employed at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad from 1995 until earlier this year, was taken into custody early this evening, authorities said.

The investigation began in June, when a former student of the college-preparatory school, now an adult, reported allegations of past sexual conduct on the part of Barton, police Lt. Marc Reno said. Detectives subsequently developed leads and identified the additional purported victims.

Barton, an Oceanside resident, was expected to be booked into county jail in Vista Friday night on suspicion of 16 felony counts, with arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.

 

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