CARLSBAD — Former Army and Navy Academy administrator Jeffrey Barton was arrested Thursday evening on charges of sexually molesting six former students.
The investigation was opened this June when a victim, now an adult, reported past sexual abuse by Barton to the police, according to a press release from the Carlsbad Police Department.
Since then five other victims have been identified and the investigation is ongoing to identify other possible victims and witness.
Barton, who worked at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad for 18 years, was arrested at his Oceanside home on Thursday shortly after 5 p.m. and “went into custody without incident,” according to Carlsbad Police Public Information Officer Jodee Sasway.
Barton, 55, is being charged with 14 felony counts of oral copulation by force with a child under the age of 14 and two felony counts of sodomy by force with a child under the age of 14, according to information from the San Diego County jails website.
He is being held at the Vista Detention Facility on $6 million bail. He will be arraigned at the Vista courthouse on Monday, Oct. 21.
“We are deeply concerned since nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of our cadets — past and present,” said Army and Navy Academy President retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Bliss in a statement.
Barton was employed by the Army and Navy Academy since 1995 and resigned from his position as Head of Schools in June 2013. A press release at the time of his resignation stated that he was leaving to pursue other career interests.
Bliss stated that Army and Navy Academy has fully cooperated with Carlsbad Police during the investigation and postponed its own internal investigation to avoid interfering with that of the police. Now that an arrest has been made, the Army and Navy Academy will resume its independent investigation.
The Army and Navy Academy will not provide any additional information about the specifics of the case or involved individuals until the investigation is complete, he said.
“Protecting children is the police department’s highest priority,” said City of Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison in a statement. “We are equally outraged by the possibility of such a crime occurring in our community.”
Victims and witnesses are asked to call the Carlsbad Police at 760-931-2276.
Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is as a military boarding school for over 300 boys grades seventh through twelfth located at 2605 Carlsbad Blvd.