North County teacher to be arraigned on sexual assault charges

VISTA (CNS) – An ex-administrator, teacher and mentor for a North County
military boarding school accused of sexually assaulting at least six of his
one-time students was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Jeffery S. Barton, 55, was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of 14
felony counts of oral copulation by force and two felony counts of sodomy by
force, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's jail records.

The alleged sexual assaults took place while Barton was employed at the
Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. He worked at the college-preparatory school
from 1995 until earlier this year.

An investigation began in June, when a former academy student, now an
adult, reported allegations of past sexual conduct on the part of Barton,
Carlsbad police Lt. Marc Reno said. Detectives subsequently developed leads and
identified the additional purported victims.

Barton, an Oceanside resident, was being held at the Vista jail in lieu
of $6 million bail.

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