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La Grange Rotary 2020 president-elect charged with incest

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By Amanda Manning

  This story has been updated to reflect that Barr has posted bail and was released from the Oldham County Detention Center. 

Editor’s note: The following story contains information that may be disturbing to some readers.

A Crestwood man is accused of sexually assaulting his niece for over two years.

Gary Barr, 66, was arrested on Friday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. after he called  police and said his niece was attempting to stab a dog, according to an arrest citation.

When Oldham County Police arrived on the scene, the female told them she and Barr had gotten into a physical altercation 30 minutes earlier and that Barr slapped her in the face.

In the citation, the officer said the victim had dried blood on her nose and was “visibly upset and crying.”

The arrest citation also includes several vulgar details the victim told police.

When police asked what led to the fight, the victim said Barr “entered her room with his penis outside his pants.”

When she got up to leave the room, Barr allegedly hit her in the right side of the face and pushed her onto the bed, according to the arrest citation.

She told police that Barr had alcohol and oxycodone in his system.

She said she then grabbed a large knife and went outside.

The victim told police “that she feels if she does not have sex with him, she will be homeless and has nowhere else to live.”

She also told police Barr allegedly “constantly comes into her room naked and expects to have sex with him,” according to the arrest citation.

Barr, the La Grange Rotary 2020 president-elect, is facing the charges of incest and fourth-degree assault. 

The victim is 34-years-old.

Barr was released from the Oldham County Detention Center after posting $50,000 full cash bail. 

A preliminary hearing for Barr was set by Oldham County District Court Judge Jerry Crosby for April 17 at 1 p.m. 

District Governor for Rotary International Michael Owsley, who oversees the west half of Kentucky, released a statement on behalf of the La Grange Rotary:

“First and foremost, the safety and well being of our members and program participants is our highest priority. After the club was made aware of the arrest, steps were taken to prohibit his participation in club activities. Rotary will fully cooperate with any pending investigation and any questions about the investigation should be directed to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

Owsley also said the local rotary club members are dedicated to their community.

“As district governor for rotary, I have had the chance to visit 55 clubs in western Kentucky representing over 2,700 dedicated Kentuckians who are members of their local clubs,” he said. “Nowhere will you find a heart for service greater than the rotarians in Oldham County.”