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Blotter: Former UNT Health Science Center VP will register as sex offender

Stephen D. Barrett, the former vice president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, recently reached a plea deal in his indecency with a child case that will force him to register as a sex offender, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Stephen BarrettCourtesy photo
Stephen Barrett
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Barrett, 42, was accused of inappropriately touching his child's 15-year-old baby sitter in July 2015. In his arrest affidavit, the baby sitter accused Barrett of kissing her neck and rubbing her thigh and genitals over her clothing, the Star-Telegram reports. 

The victim contacted police in September 2015, but Barrett wasn't arrested on the indecency with a child charge until October 2016. On Oct. 23 this year, he pleaded guilty to attempted indecency with a child by contact in exchange for four years' deferred adjudication probation, according to the Star-Telegram

As part of the deal, he will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Other reports 

1100 block of West University Drive — A man who went by the name "Tank" stole a 2005 Jeep on Tuesday from another man he met in the Denton County Jail, according to a police report. 

"Tank" had been staying with the victim at The Clayton House motel and allegedly took his vehicle when the man was sleeping, the report said. No arrests were made. 

1900 block of North Ruddell Street — Police found a small bullet fragment near a window Tuesday after a caller said it was broken by an unknown object. 

Police were dispatched to the scene at about 9:30 p.m., but the caller said she was asleep when the window broke. Police couldn't locate any witnesses, and no arrests were made. 

2400 block of Lillian Miller Parkway — Witnesses scared off two men who were trying to break into The Exchange Gold Store early Tuesday morning, according to police. 

Police said the two man got out of a vehicle and tried to break in through the back of the business before they fled the scene. No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 903 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 46 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 140 calls for service and made six arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 32 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one call for public service.