Electronic surveillance used to make sexual-assault case

Report: Police learned of first-degree assault from long-distance call

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

Police charged a man with raping a woman last week after getting a court authorization to listen to the alleged victim's conversations with the suspect.

Rey Barril, 41, appeared in Juneau District Court on Thursday on a charge of first-degree sexual assault. He was being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

According to Juneau court records and police reports, police learned of the crime from a long-distance telephone call. In the affidavit establishing probable cause for Barril to be held, state Senior Attorney Richard Svobodny reported that on Tuesday police received a phone call from a man who said he had received a message from the woman, who said she was raped.

Juneau police Sgt. Troy Wilson reported that the person who told police of a sexual assault was from out of state and had communicated with the alleged victim via the Internet. He told the Empire he could not say whether it was through e-mail communication or an online chat session.

Regarding the woman, the man reporting the crime knew only her first name and telephone number. Police used the information to locate her, the affidavit shows. The woman said she was raped by two men.

Police also arrested a second man, but haven't decided whether to charge him with sexual assault, Wilson said.

Police arrested the 30-year-old man, at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday, on a warrant out of Phoenix, Ariz., charging that he had failed to appear in court on two aggravated drunken-driving charges in November 2003. Court records show he is being held pending extradition to Arizona.

Police arrested Barril at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Wilson reported. The arrest was based upon electronically monitored statements to the alleged victim, the affidavit said.

According to documents in the file of the younger suspect, who is not being named because he wasn't charged, the sexual assault allegedly occurred in the Mendenhall Valley.

Barril was not asked to plead to the sexual assault charge during his hearing Thursday.

Juneau District Judge Peter B. Froehlich set his bail at $100,000. He said the amount was justified because Barril had discussed traveling to the Philippines, and because of the seriousness of the charges.

Barril told the judge he lives at an address in the Valley, with roommates.

Svobodny told the judge that if Barril posts bail, he wouldn't be able to continue to live there because the alleged victim is one of the roommates.

If convicted as charged, Barril would face up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, Froehlich said.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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