TX Attorney General HTD Puts One Away

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoPaxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing Divi­sion Announces 99-Year Sen­tence in Hunt Coun­ty Human Traf­fick­ing Trial

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Barbara Barrett, of Greenville, has been found guilty of Continuous Trafficking of a Child in Hunt County and received a sentence of 99 years in jail.

Barrett and her husband, Jeffery Barrett, are accused of abusing and neglecting their adopted children while forcing them to work in a puppy mill attached to their home.

Both were charged with Continuous Trafficking of Persons.  Paxton’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Division assisted the Hunt County District Attorney in prosecution of Barrett.

“It is heartbreaking to know this horrid abuse was happening in our state, and it is unfathomable that a person could be so heartless to abuse the foster care system and use children in need of a loving, safe home as slave labor,” Attorney General Paxton said. “There is no excuse for this evil behavior, and it will not be tolerated in our state.  We can only hope this successful prosecution will bring some degree of justice to the children that were robbed of the love and care they deserved.  I will never stop fighting against human trafficking.”

TX AG Units Still Keeping Texas Safe

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Election Integrity Unit made one noteworthy arrest last week.

In Nolan County, Kenneth Ray Teaff was arrested on Aug. 26 after being indicted by a grand jury for one count of Fraudulent Use of Application for Ballot by Mail and one count of Tampering with a Government Record.   This case involves allegations that Teaff applied for a ballot by mail in the name of his deceased brother during the November 2020 Nolan County General Election.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made two noteworthy arrests last week.

In Dallas County, Arlis Jamel Waits was arrested by the Rowlett Police Department on Aug. 25, in Rowlett, on an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child.

In Tarrant County, Gerald Ray Burnett was arrested on Aug. 24 in Fort Worth. In 2013, Burnett was convicted in Tarrant County of Aggravated Sexual Assault and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Burnett failed to comply with the applicable sex offender registration requirements and the Fort Worth Police Department issued the corresponding Fail to Register Sex Offender warrant.