The 78-year-old Roseburg man accused of sexually abusing three children was found guilty of seven sex abuse crimes in Douglas County Circuit Court last week.

On Oct. 5, Leo Keith Barton was convicted of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and five counts of first-degree sex abuse.

Barton was found guilty after a fourth indictment was filed on May 21.

Barton’s case was originally filed in November 2016 but later dismissed in February 2017, because a new case was filed.

Last year, Barton was charged with engaging in sexual intercourse with one child under 12 years old and engaging in sexual contact with another child under 12 from September 2014 to May 2015 in an indictment filed on Feb. 24, 2017.

An amended indictment was filed in February of this year, adding another victim to the list. In that charge, Barton was accused of touching an intimate part of a child under 14-years-old between 2000 and 2008.

The amended indictment was dismissed because of a labeling error, according to court documents.

In May, another indictment was filed and dismissed, on the basis that the grand jury was extended after its term and discharged after it heard evidence, according to court documents.

Grand juries typically serve for two months.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of more than 6 years. First-degree sodomy is also a Measure 11 crime and carries a minimum sentence of more than 8 years.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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He's not walking the streets anymore. I felt terrible for his family and couldn't even look their way when the Judge was reading the guilty verdicts.


October 25th I believe is the sentencing.


This guy needs to die in prison.


I served on the GJ in 2015. We were called back TWICE one month after we were discharged, and again two months later. I read that one of those cases was prosecuted. This Barton creep at his age has been molesting kids for a LONG
time. Most likely his family who often keep it a family secret. He needs some
hefty prison time. Let's see what happens to him.


He was found guilty but have they yet to determine the amount of time he will be serving? If so when is that to be determined? Is he currently in jail or walking the streets awaiting sentencing?

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