Ex-fire chief pleads guilty in 3-decade-old case
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 8:00 pm
By: By the Associated Press
The Messenger 04.05.13
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A former Paducah fire chief has pleaded guilty to raping a pre-teen girl three decades ago.
Circuit Judge Craig Clymer accepted 62-year-old Barry Arant’s plea on Thursday in McCracken Circuit Court. Arant admitted to raping the 11-year-old girl in 1982.
The plea agreement with prosecutors calls for Arant to serve 61⁄2 years each for second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy, with the sentences to run consecutively for a total of 13 years. Formal sentencing will be June 5.
Arant was arrested in January after a woman came forward.
The Paducah Sun reported (http://bit.ly/14J72gp ) that Arant is required to register as a lifetime sex offender.
Arant retired in July 2000 after 25 years as a Paducah firefighter and assistant fire chief.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com