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Woman, 32, who was raped at 16 by 30 year-old-man is ordered to give him full custody of child

A Louisiana mom who was raped at 16 by a 30-year-old-man has been ordered to give up custody of their daughter – and pay him child help. 

Crysta Abelseth’s life endlessly modified in 2005 after she accepted a trip dwelling from John Barnes, now 46, when her buddy determined to depart dinner early, Hammond native information station WBRZ‘s investigative staff first reported. 

‘Instead of bringing me dwelling, he introduced me to his home. Once inside, he raped me on his sofa,’ Abelseth, 32, advised the outlet. 

Overcome by trauma and not sure of what to do, Abelseth let pals and kin  consider that the being pregnant – a byproduct of the rape – was as a substitute the outcome of a relationship she had at the time. 

Abelseth welcomed a child lady and moved on along with her life – till her alleged abuser discovered about their then-five-year-old daughter in 2010.  

Barnes, the proprietor of a digital branding website, then started a authorized battle in opposition to Abelseth to receive custody rights. 

But regardless of submitting a sexual assault report in opposition to Barnes in 2015 and fiercely combating to have her child in her care, Abelseth’s custody rights over the 16-year-old have been revoked final month over an allegation by Barnes that she purchased a cellphone for his or her daughter, WBRZ reported. 

The ruling by Judge Jeffrey Cashe additionally compelled Abelseth to pay child help to her alleged rapist, in what her advocates have branded an outrageous miscarriage of justice. 

Barnes, whose company’s consumer record contains legislation enforcement companies, has not but been charged with any crimes in relation to the allegations filed by Abelseth seven years in the past. 

Regardless of whether or not the sexual encounter was consensual, which Abelseth insists it was not, it might nonetheless be categorized as statutory rape – because the age of consent in Louisiana is 17. 

Crysta Abelseth's (pictured at right alongside her family) life forever changed in 2005 after she accepted a ride home from John Barnes, now 46, when her friend decided to leave dinner early

Crysta Abelseth’s (pictured at proper alongside her household) life endlessly modified in 2005 after she accepted a trip dwelling from John Barnes, now 46, when her buddy determined to depart dinner early

Abelseth claims that Barnes (pictured) raped her and she became pregnant as a product of the assault

Abelseth claims that Barnes (pictured) raped her and he or she grew to become pregnant as a product of the assault 

But despite filing a sexual assault report against Barnes in 2015 and fiercely fighting to have her child in her care, Abelseth's custody rights were revoked last month over an allegation by Barnes that she bought a cellphone for their daughter

But regardless of submitting a sexual assault report in opposition to Barnes in 2015 and fiercely combating to have her child in her care, Abelseth’s custody rights have been revoked final month over an allegation by Barnes that she purchased a cellphone for his or her daughter

Abelseth met Barnes in 2005 outdoors a bar when he provided to take her dwelling after her buddy had determined to depart early, she stated. 

But what adopted have been moments of terror, as she was allegedly sexually abused at his dwelling. 

Records obtained by WBRZ present {that a} DNA check proved Barnes was the daddy of the child. At the time of conception, Barnes and Abelseth have been 30 and 16, respectively.

The ruling by Judge Jeffrey Cashe also forced Abelseth to pay child support to his alleged rapist, in what her advocates have branded an outrageous miscarriage of justice

The ruling by Judge Jeffrey Cashe additionally compelled Abelseth to pay child help to his alleged rapist, in what her advocates have branded an outrageous miscarriage of justice

‘Everyone assumed it [the pregnancy] was from a boyfriend, and I allow them to consider that,’ Abelseth advised WBRZ.

‘When my daughter was 5 years outdated, he discovered about her, and as soon as he discovered about her, he pursued custody and wished to take her away from me.

‘They granted him 50/50 custody although [the child] was brought on by rape,’ she added. 

The 32-year-old mom had her daughter’s custody revoked final month and has been compelled to pay child help and authorized charges to Barnes. 

Now Abelseth is combating to regain custody of her daughter, who is 16 – the identical age as she was when she was allegedly attacked by Barnes. 

Speaking to the WBRZ, Abelseth claimed she has been threatened by Barnes, who is ‘effectively related’. 

She believes {that a} sexual assault report she filed in opposition to him with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has not been completely investigated. 

‘It was by no means assigned to a detective, and nothing was ever investigated,’ Abelseth alleged. 

Barnes is the proprietor of Gumbeaux Digital, whose purchasers embrace Ponchatoula Police, the place the company is situated. 

At the time of conception, Barnes (pictured)  and Abelseth were 30 and 16, respectively. Regardless of whether the sexual encounter was consensual, it would classify as statutory rape as the age of consent in Louisiana is 17

At the time of conception, Barnes (pictured)  and Abelseth have been 30 and 16, respectively. Regardless of whether or not the sexual encounter was consensual, it might classify as statutory rape because the age of consent in Louisiana is 17

But despite the investigation Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said is still open, he was granted full custody of the child.

But regardless of the investigation Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office stated is nonetheless open, he was granted full custody of the child.

Records obtained by WBRZ show that a DNA test proved Barnes was the father of the child

Records obtained by WBRZ present {that a} DNA check proved Barnes was the daddy of the child

Abelseth stated she did not suppose she might file a prison grievance in opposition to Barnes after the day of the assault, and solely discovered that the statute of limitations would enable her to accomplish that by a trauma counselor. 

‘I believed if I did not do it the following day, there was nothing I might do about it,’ Abelseth advised WBRZ. 

‘I went to a trauma counselor, and he stated, ‘No, you will have 30 years after you flip 18.’

Although Barnes has admitted he is the organic father of his child with Abelseth, he has not been charged in connection along with her allegations of rape. 

Neither has he been prosecuted for statutory rape. 

But regardless of the investigation Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office stated is nonetheless open, he was granted full custody of the child. 

‘He’s effectively related,’ Abelseth alleged. 

‘He’s threatened me a number of instances, saying he has connections within the justice system, so I higher watch out and he can take her away anytime he desires to. I did not consider him till it occurred.’ 

'She's been forced to pay her perpetrator,' Save Lives advocate Stacie Triche, who has helped Abelseth navigate the legal system as she tries to regain custody of her child, said. 'Forced to pay her rapist child support and legal fees and give up custody of the child that's a product of the rape. It makes no sense.'

‘She’s been compelled to pay her perpetrator,’ Save Lives advocate Stacie Triche, who has helped Abelseth navigate the authorized system as she tries to regain custody of her child, stated. ‘Forced to pay her rapist child help and authorized charges and give up custody of the child that is a product of the rape. It is senseless.’

The sheriff’s division advised WBRZ that the investigation into Abelseth’s claims was open and ongoing – however has not moved since 2015.  

Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault legal professional Sean Cassidy advised WBRZ he had by no means come throughout a case like this. 

‘It appears fairly straight-forward that not solely did against the law happen, however because of this of the crime, this particular person shouldn’t have custody of the child,’ he advised the outlet.  

Save Lives advocate Stacie Triche, who has helped Abelseth navigate the authorized system as she tries to regain custody of her child, echoed the sensation.  

‘When I discovered she was a rape sufferer, and this rapist might doubtlessly get full custody, that is after I stepped in and stated one thing has to be achieved about this,’ she advised WBRZ. 

‘She’s been compelled to pay her perpetrator,’ Triche stated. ‘Forced to pay her rapist child help and authorized charges and give up custody of the child that is a product of the rape. It is senseless.’

Abelseth has appealed Judge Cashe’s determination and has a courtroom listening to scheduled for July.  

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