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School janitor befriended 11 year old girls and touched their private parts on school premises

By Mason White 12:17 PM July 14, 2017
Michael Anthony Barry
Michael Anthony Barry
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) Parents were shocked to learn that a school janitor befriended their young daughters and had sexually assaulted them, according to police in California.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Special Victims detectives announced that they are seeking the public’s help to identify additional victims of 58-year-old Michael Anthony Barry, who was employed as a janitor at the Torch Middle School, in the City of Industry.

Barry was employed for the past 16 years at the Torch Middle School located 751 Vineland Avenue, which is part of the Bassett Unified School District.

Barry was arrested on five counts of lewd or lascivious acts involving children and three counts of annoying or molesting children.

The acts Barry is alleged to have committed involved the inappropriate touching of female students on school grounds.

The victims reported that Barry offered them candy.

Barry would gain the student’s trust and befriend them on the school campus. There are several female victim’s ranging in ages from 11 to 14 years old.

The incidents occurred within the last school year, and they occurred during school hours at different locations on school campus.

Barry is a resident of the San Gabriel Valley. His bail was set at $1,545,000 and he is set to stand trial at the Pomona Superior Court.