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A Waldorf man acquitted of rape has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for resisting arrest after a woman told police in January that he had sexually assaulted her.
A jury acquitted Jonathan Lee Barnett, 30, of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault following a July 18 trial.
But the jury found Barnett guilty of one count of resisting arrest stemming from officers’ attempt to detain Barnett after a woman reported that he had raped her Jan. 17.
Charles County Circuit Court Judge Helen I. Harrington sentenced Barnett on Sept. 6 to three years in prison — half of which she suspended — plus five years of supervised probation.
Early in the morning Jan. 18, Barnett drove the van up to a police cruiser in the parking lot of Randy’s Ribs & Barbecue in Hughesville to ask for directions. The woman in the front passenger seat told the officer she had been hanging out with Barnett on Jan. 17 when around 10 p.m. he drove her to a Hughesville home and requested sex, court papers states.
The officer tried to arrest Barnett, who was sitting in the police cruiser, but “he immediately became extremely belligerent,” the papers state.
After being removed from the cruiser, Barnett, listed at 6 foot 3 inches and 300 pounds, refused to get back in, police reported.
It took four officers to put Barnett into the cruiser, the records state.