Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2014

Police search for McDowell sex offender

WELCH — Troopers with the West Virginia State Police are looking for a McDowell County man who has failed to update his status as a sex offender.

Harry Barney, 38, was convicted in McDowell County Circuit Court for third degree sexual abuse and the victim was a minor child, Cpl. J.C. Long of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment said.

Barney is required to register for life as a sex offender. He is now wanted on a felony count for failing to register as a sex offender.

Barney’s last registration date was October 11, 2013, but he has since moved and failed to report to authorities that he moved, Long said.

According to Long, it is possible Barney is in Bluefield, Va. But his whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Barney is 5 foot 8 inches, weighs 132 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Warrants have been obtained for his arrest. Long said anyone who has knowledge of his whereabouts are asked to call the state police at 304-425-2101.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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