Concord sex offender arrested for failing to report
A Concord sex offender with a history of failing to properly register on the state’s sex offender list has been arrested again for dodging his duty to report. The police said 44-year-old Arthur Barnard, who is
homeless, ran from two officers attempting to arrest him Wednesday near the Friendly Kitchen.
Barnard was held on $6,000 cash bail yesterday following his arraignment in Concord’s district court.
Barnard is required to register on the state’s sex offender list due to a 1991 conviction out of New Britain, Conn., for aggravated felonious sexual assault against a victim who was under 13 years old. Since 2001, Barnard has been charged with failing to properly report more than half a dozen times, a prosecutor said yesterday in court.
In the case he was just arrested for, Barnard was required to register with the Concord Police Department within five business days of his March 25 birthday, but failed to do so, according to the police.
The police arrested Barnard on a warrant Wednesday. When officers approached him at the Friendly Kitchen, Barnard ran into the building and then fled out the front door after the officers went inside looking for him. He was seen running down the railroad tracks and arrested a short time later at 8 Higgins Place, the police said.
Concord police Chief John Duval said Barnard’s behavior concerns him because Barnard has avoided laws aimed at protecting the community, especially children.
“The fact that this individual appears to have a pattern of failure to report, regardless of what the nature of the report is, whether it is his address or work, suggests if he’s not compliant with that, what other areas in his life wouldn’t he be compliant?” Duval said.
Barnard has been charged with a Class A felony of failure to report, a Class A
misdemeanor of resisting arrest and also a Class A misdemeanor of criminal trespassing. The police said when
he ran from the police, Barnard fled down the railroad tracks owned by Pan Am Railways, a piece of land he has previously been ordered to not enter.