Who is John Barnes? Hackers brand alleged abuser's business listing 'child rapist certified'

Crysta Abelseth earlier alleged that John Barnes raped and impregnated her in 2005, when she was 16 and he was 30


                            Who is John Barnes? Hackers brand alleged abuser's business listing 'child rapist certified'
Abelseth (L) met John Barnes (R), the accused, in 2005 (Screenshots from WBRZ)
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This article contains information about sexual assault that could be traumatic for some readers. Discretion is advised.

TANGIPAHOA, LOUISIANA: Earlier this year, Crysta Abelseth from Louisiana accused John Barnes of raping her in 2005. She was 16 and he was 30 at the time. She became pregnant after the rape and the child is presently 16. A DNA test was conducted to prove that the accused was indeed the father, according to court documents. The results showed a match with 99.97 percent accuracy. However, last month, a court gave full custody of her daughter to the accused and ordered her to pay him child support. And now, Barnes, who is a web designer, seems to have his website hacked, with a 'child rapist' tag greeting customers.

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The incident dates back to December 15, 2005, when Barnes allegedly asked her if he could escort her home from a Tangipahoa, Louisiana restaurant where they had met. “Instead of bringing me home, he brought me to his house,” Abelseth alleged in an interview with WBRZ. “Once inside, he raped me on his living room couch.”

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In the interview, the victim claims that she couldn't get any answers from the legal system about where her case stands. “I gave them witness phone numbers and everything they asked me for. No one has contacted me. I’ve made multiple phone calls to the detectives. I’ve sent emails asking for the status of the case. No response."

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Stacie Triche, who is Abelseth’s advocate and founder of the nonprofit SAVLIV35 Foundation, believes it is all politics. She said, “You have birth certificates. You have DNA evidence. All the facts are there, so this mother should have never had to go through this mud that she’s going through for the past 10 years with this legal battle back and forth, because he should have never been given any rights to the child at all."

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Who is John Barnes?

Barnes is the owner of Gumbeaux Digital Branding in Ponchateula, as per his LinkedIn page. However, his profile was deactivated as soon as the allegations against him came to light. His website, meanwhile, was last active on June 15 until 7.30 pm. It later generated an error code saying, “Please excuse us while we are rebuilding our website."

A screenshot of the website's details on Yellow Place

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Yellow Place, which offers information about businesses, had Barnes’ company listed and displayed the content from the website directly. It read, “Gumbeaux Digital – Child rapist certified,” with details like the owner's phone number, website, and address mentioned. The 'About' section added, “Specializing in small to medium business digital branding and marketing through responsive web design, SMM and SEO. Owned by John Barnes, a child rapist." Under the 'Awards' field, the listing said, “Being a child rapist – John Barnes.” According to Heavy.com, the phone line was consistently busy during repeated call attempts.

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