Climber sentenced to life in prison for sexual assault in Yosemite National Park

A prominent professional climber and guidebook author who was convicted earlier this year of sexual assault in Yosemite National Park was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

A federal jury found Charles Barrett, 40, guilty in February of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of improper sexual contact that occurred in Yosemite National Park, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office Eastern California. Court records showed Barrett sexually assaulted a woman, then 19, three times during an August 2016 weekend.

Prosecutors argued that Barrett’s life sentence was due to his “long history of violence against women, his serial sexual predation against female climbers who admired him, his obstruction of justice and his failure to accept one’s responsibilities.”

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