Newark Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old Boy


By Yolanda Spivey

Anthony Barham, 49 of Newark, NJ was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a 13 year old boy.  He was also found guilty of criminal restraint and terroristic threats.  The jury acquitted him of kidnapping.

According to a report from, Barham grabbed the 13 year old male victim from a street in Newark and threw him into his car. The child escaped but Barham was able to catch the boy running away.  He eventually got the child near a warehouse in Irvington, NJ where he sexually assaulted the teen and threatened his life.  The boy was small in stature only standing at 4 feet, 11 inches and 100 pounds at the time of the attack.  The young teen escaped naked and ran for help.

According to Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor, this isn’t Barham’s first conviction of child rape.  In 2002, he was convicted of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of children and was sentenced to 5 years in state prison.  Also, he was charged with aggravated sexual assault on two prior occasions in Essex and Monmouth counties.

Before he was found guilty of his latest crime, he had just served a 13 month stint in state prison for violating provisions of Megan’s Law.  And at the time this particular crime was committed, he was wearing a court-ordered GPS ankle monitor.  He has a total of 18 arrests for various infractions.

Assistant Prosecutor Amber Loughtran who tried the case called Barham a “predator who poses a grave threat to society.”  She stated, “We will be seeking the maximum penalty when he is sentenced. While he was not convicted of the kidnapping charge, we are satisfied with the jury’s verdict.”

Sentencing has been scheduled for January 9 and the judge revoked Barham’s request for bail.

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