Megan’s Law offender found living in vacant house in Waynesburg

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WAYNESBURG – A Holbrook man listed as a Megan’s Law sex offender was arrested Tuesday by Waynesburg Borough police after being found living in an abandoned house on Blackberry Alley.


Victor Donald Barlow Jr., 60, of 430 Mt. Zion Road, was arrested at 6:20 p.m. at 147 ½ Blackberry Alley and charged with criminal trespass, defiant trespass and recklessly endangering another person.


Police said they were called earlier that day by a resident of Lincoln Street whose children had seen a man go into the abandoned house. Police entered the house through an unlocked door. No one was inside, though police said in one of the rooms they found a mattress, clothing, food and other items.


Police said they believed it was Barlow based on a description of a man who July 8 was found to be living in the house and was told he was not permitted to be there.


Police returned to the house at 6:20 p.m. after receiving a call Barlow returned. Through a rear window, police said, they saw Barlow, but the door was locked. Police asked Barlow to unlock the door, but received no response and had to force their way in.


Barlow was found hiding behind a door between the kitchen and an adjacent room with a metal bracket in his hand.


Barlow was arraigned before District Judge Lee Watson and placed in Greene County jail on $15,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Monday.


Barlow was ordered to register his address with police as required by Megan’s Law after pleading guilty in August 2002 to aggravated indecent assault. He was sentenced in November 2002 to 30 to 60 months in prison, according to online court documents. Barlow was charged with assaulting a 6-year-old girl July 20 and Aug. 3, 2001, at a home in Waynesburg.


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