Man jailed after alleged standoff

Published 11:05 am Thursday, November 12, 2009

An Ironton man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly molesting a 5-year-old girl, threatening her parents and causing a standoff with police.

Paul E. Barnes, 53, of 2810 S. Fifth St., Ironton, was charged with gross sexual imposition, importuning, resisting arrest and two counts of felonious assault on a police officer. He was taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

Barnes is accused of having sexual contact with the child and, when confronted by her parents, pulled a knife on them.

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When officers arrived, Barnes allegedly tried to stab them as well and then barricaded himself in his residence.

Barnes was arrested later when he left his home and got into a struggle with police who used a Tazer to bring him under control.