Professional climber arrested for sexual assault in Yosemite National Park, officials say


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California — A professional rock climber has been arrested for alleged sexual assaults in Yosemite National Park.

An indictment was released on Tuesday that charges Charles Barrett, 38, with aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual touching.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California said Barrett committed sexual assaults at two separate times as well as “abusive sexual touching” in August 2016 at the park.

Barrett could face life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Anyone with information or who may have been a victim is urged to contact the National Park Service.

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