Man who tried to rape teen outside SEHS sentenced to 5 years

A man will spend five years and prison and have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges.

Posted: Dec 1, 2017 5:24 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2017 5:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man convicted of forcing himself on a teenage girl and trying to rape her outside South Eugene High School has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kumeh Barnes pleaded guilty to attempted sodomy, attempted sex abuse, and assault. He will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutors said in July of 2017, a 16-year-old girl snuck out of her house at night and met Barnes downtown near the bus station. They said she had never met him before that night.

They walked to the University of Oregon where Barnes assaulted the girl and knocked her down, prosecutors said. They said he then dragged her to South Eugene High School where he forced himself on her and tried to rape her.

Prosecutors said she was screaming but he covered her mouth and threatened her.

A couple living nearby were woken up by her screams. They ran outside and yelled at Barnes. Prosecutors said they tried to chase him but he ran away.

The couple called the police.

Barnes was arrested a few days later.

Prosecutors said as a result of the attack, the girl is having violent outbursts and trust issues. They said she is a strong person and will recover.

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