In an exclusive interview with The Times-Dispatch last night, Barber said he has no plans to vacate his office.
"I've represented that district well for 14 years and I plan to continue to do that," he said when reached by telephone. After pleading guilty during the hearing, Barber was sentenced to a two-year suspended jail sentence, three years probation and 100 hours of community service.
He also must submit to a sex-offender evaluation. Depending on the outcome of that evaluation, he could be required to undergo sex-offender counseling.
The written plea agreement that Barber entered into indicates that he admits to touching "the private parts of the victim against her will" on Dec. 26. MERRY CHRISTMAS
Barber must register with the state police Sex Offender Registry. Barber's stepdaughter was 16 at the time she made her complaint to police on Dec. 26. Barber was arrested Dec. 29 -- the same day that police listened in on a phone conversation between Barber and the girl -- and charged with felony aggravated sexual battery and felony object sexual penetration.
Barber said he will retire from his job as a physical-education teacher at Crenshaw Elementary School. But school system officials had apparently already decided he would not continue there. County schools spokeswoman Debra Q. Marlow yesterday told The Times-Dispatch that Barber, who had been suspended pending the resolution of the charges against him, "does not have a contract for the fall and we will fill that position."
In October 2004, Barber faced allegations of improper contact with children after some Crenshaw parents said they witnessed him allowing children to massage his shoulders.