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The court temporarily overturned the decision on the custody of the children of the father accused of raping the mother when she was 16 years old.

A Louisiana judge temporarily overturned his decision to grant a man full custody of a 16-year-old girl conceived after he allegedly raped her mother in 2005, according to the report.

Judge Jeffrey Cash placed the teenager in the care of a guardian during a Tuesday hearing until a July 15 hearing to determine who gets custody, WBRZ reports.

Mom Krista Abelset told a radio station last week that her daughter’s father, John Barnes, raped her when she was 16 after picking her up at a bar.

Abelset claimed that Barnes, who was 30 at the time, impregnated her during the attack. Later, she gave birth to a girl, who is now 16 years old, according to the TV channel.

Barnes reportedly returned to the stage five years later. A custody-sharing agreement was reached in 2015 after Judge Cash took over the case.

Barnes, a businessman who owns tech company Gumbeaux Digital Branding, was granted full custody in March and Abelset was ordered to pay child support as part of the decision.

He denies Abelset’s allegations and told Fox News on Monday: “I had no idea she was 16 and I didn’t rape her.”

Christa Abelset accuses Barnes of raping her when she was 16.
VBRZ

Abelset, now 32, filed a formal complaint about the alleged attack in 2005 after learning it was within Louisiana’s statute of limitations.

“I thought if I didn’t do it the next day, there was nothing I could do about it,” she told WBRZ about why she was slow to contact the cops. “I went to an injury consultant and he said, ‘No, you have 30 years after you turn 18.’ ”

Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards admitted the allegations were not properly investigated, saying his department “totally dropped the ball” seven years ago.

“It was an accident, not some kind of conspiracy,” Edwards told WBRZ. “I’m sorry Christa, what happened. But I want the public to know that this was not a deliberate, permanent failure.”

Judge Geoffrey Cash
Judge Jeffrey Cash reversed an earlier decision that had granted Barnes full custody.
21st Judicial District Court

Court documents filed during a custody battle in February alleged for the first time that the 16-year-old girl was conceived as a result of rape and accused Barnes of also drugging and assaulting the teen, WBRZ reported. He denied these accusations.

The girl was taken to New Orleans, where doctors allegedly confirmed the testimony pointing to sexual abuse. But the judge dismissed those claims, as well as Abelset’s allegations of rape.

Tuesday’s decision to suspend Barnes’ custody was approved by Abelset, who now has a lawyer representing her pro bono after seeing her claims against the WBRZ.

Abelset
Abelset and her 16-year-old daughter with Barnes.
Facebook / Christa Abelset

“People need to be held accountable,” lawyer Jarrett Ambo told the TV channel. “The system has let everyone down here. The system should be held accountable when this happens, and we plan to do so.”

Barnes was not prosecuted.

“That’s a lie,” he told Fox News on Monday. “She was in a bar with a fake ID, telling everyone she was a college student. I had no idea she was 16 and I didn’t rape her. This is absolutely, unequivocally false.”

The age of consent in Louisiana is 17.

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