Marietta man charged with rape, impersonating officer

From staff reports

A Marietta man has been charged with rape and is being investigating for possible sexual misconduct against several teenage victims.

Donald Ray Barth, 56, of 111 W. Montgomery St. Lot 11, has been charged with rape, a first-degree felony, two counts of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, two counts of impersonating a peace officer, both third-degree felonies and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Barth was arrested by Sgt. Katie Warden of the Marietta Police Department following four months of investigation by MPD and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of rape revealed in May by one of the victim’s family members.

Barth is accused of pretending to be a police officer and a security officer, convincing teenage victims to go on “security runs” with him to Jackson Park and to Pioneer Auto Salvage.

But while alone with each victim at the locations, Warden said Barth violated each victim.

“They were terrified,” she said Friday.

The first offense documented in this case allegedly occurred in the summer of 2017, the second this May.

“But there are still more potential victims to interview,” said Warden. “We encourage anyone who thinks they may have been hurt by (Barth) to give us a call.”

The non-emergency number for the department is 740-376-2007.

Barth’s trailer and vehicle were also searched and found to contain a metal badge, police clip board, handcuffs and a key, strobe lights, a CV radio and flashlights.

Warden said Barth admitted to the rapes during his interviews with MPD.