Sequim man given alternative sentence for child sex crimes

Barron must undergo five years of treatment, court records say

PORT ANGELES — A Sequim man facing five counts of first-degree child rape and one count of first-degree child molestation, all with special allegations, has been sentenced under the state’s Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative.

Charles D. Barron, 32, was sentenced March 19 in Clallam County Superior Court on two counts of first-degree child rape with special allegations under the 1984 law, with 10 years, 11 months suspended. He must undergo five years of sex offender treatment and will be subject to up to lifetime community custody, according to court records.

A review hearing was set for March 21, 2025, and a treatment termination hearing was set for June 15, 2029. A lifetime no contact order protecting the victim also was imposed.

“Charles Barron should be given a SSOSA sentence because of the benefits to Mr. Barron and the community, the low risk of re-offense, Mr. Barron’s ability to provide his own treatment and Mr. Barron’s complete lack of criminal history,” according to a defense sentencing memorandum submitted by defense attorney Alex Stalker.

The memorandum also included, “The victim’s mother does not want Mr. Barron to receive a SSOSA and instead wishes he would die in prison.”

The charges involve incidents alleged to have occurred between Nov. 1, 2019, through Dec. 30, 2023, according to the criminal information documents filed Feb. 23, 2023. They allege Barron engaged in either sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a child who was younger than 12 on six separate occasions.

As part of the sentence, Barron must not have any position or authority or control over children under the age of 16. He is prohibited from entering into a relationship with a person who has minor children under the age of 16, except as authorized. He shall not own, view or possess any visual or printed matter that shows minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and he shall not contact or communicate with any children under the age of 16 and avoid places where they congregate.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached by email at brian.gawley@peninsuladailynews.com.

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