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Californian rock climber and guidebook author Charles Barrett has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of abusive sexual contact, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday afternoon and filed by U.S. Attorney Philip A. Talbert, alleges that on two separate occasions in August 2016, Barrett raped an individual identified as “K.G.”
All three alleged crimes took place within Yosemite National Park, according to the indictment.
Barrett’s arrest comes following an investigation into the charges by the National Park Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Sanchez, Michael Tierney, and Jessica Massey will try the case.
Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment.
If he is found guilty of the charges, Barrett could be sentenced to life in prison and fined up to $250,000.
In the press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office requested that anyone with further information about the case or any victims call their tip line at (888) 653-0009, or email email@example.com.
Barrett, 38, has been a fixture in the climbing scene in California for two decades, and associates with many top climbers.
According to an article in Tahoe Quarterly, Barrett hails from Santa Rosa, California, and has lived in Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, and South Lake Tahoe. He is the author of several guidebooks including Bishop Bouldering, Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering, and Mammoth bouldering.