Former North County teacher charged with sexual assault of two students

Jeffery Barton worked at the Army & Navy Academy

VISTA, Calif. - A former administrator, teacher and mentor at a military boarding school in Carlsbad was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two of his students.

Jeffery S. Barton, 55, was supposed to be arraigned Tuesday, but Vista Judge Marshall Hockett agreed to let a defense attorney put off the hearing until Wednesday so Barton's attorney could be there.

Barton was being held on $6 million bail.

Prosecutor Tracy Prior said Barton is charged with 16 counts of forcible sex crimes -- including oral copulation and sodomy -- involving two youths.

Barton worked at the college-preparatory school from 1995 until earlier this year.

An investigation began in June, when a former student, now an adult, told authorities he was victimized by Barton, Carlsbad police Lt. Marc Reno said. Detectives identified as many as five other alleged victims.

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