MARIETTA - A Marietta man accused of being drunk, breaking into at least two homes last week and being found alone with a 5-year-old girl in her bedroom was indicted Thursday by a Washington County grand jury.
According to prosecutors, Cameron W. Barton, 21, of 407 Maple St., was thrown out of the Norwood Tavern, 935 Greene St., for his behavior around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. From there, it is alleged he broke into two residences. He was eventually apprehended by a police dog.
Barton was one of several individuals indicted Thursday by a Washington County grand jury.
Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider said only one of the residences that Barton is accused of breaking into this month was occupied at the time.
"Although there were only people in the one residence, he is charged with entering two occupied structures," Schneider said. "Your home is considered an occupied structure even though you (may be) at work."
According to Schneider, Barton left the bar after being asked to leave, but entered an unlocked stairway to an upstairs apartment and forced his way into that residence. Barton then began throwing items from a second-story window, according to witnesses.
Prior to police arrival, Barton jumped from a second-story window of the apartment and fled on foot to a residence at 931 Greene St., according to court records.
At 9 p.m., a resident at 931 Greene St. reported he heard his 5-year-old daughter cry out and when he rushed into her room he found a man later identified as Barton sitting on a bench next to the girl, according to police.
The girl's father, Scott Lacey, reportedly grabbed Barton and threw him out of his residence and phoned police.
Officers said there was no indication Barton had caused the girl any harm.
Schneider said after being thrown outside, Barton fled into nearby woods.
"Once (police) had him cornered, they threatened to release their dog and he made some threatening comments toward the dog, like 'I'll kill that dog if it gets anywhere near me,'" Schneider said. "For going in the woods and making those comments, he was charged with obstructing... Although they sent in the dog, he never injured the dog, or more serious charges would have been filed."
Barton was charged with two counts of second-degree felony burglary and second-degree misdemeanor of obstructing official business. He continues to be held in the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is set to be arraigned Thursday by Common Pleas Judge Susan Boyer.