Louisiana judge REVERSES decision to grant full custody of teenage girl, 16, to her father


Louisiana judge REVERSES decision to grant full custody of teen girl, 16, to her father after the girl’s mother said she fell pregnant after he raped her

  • Judge Jeffrey Cashe on Tuesday reversed his decision to grant John Barnes full custody of his 16-year-old daughter
  • It is unclear what prompted his decision to temporarily reverse the ruling, but the girl’s mom has publicly accused Barnes of raping her when she was a teen
  • Crysta Abelseth came forward with the allegations over the past week, saying she has had to pay child support to Barnes – who she says is her rapist
  • A trial to decide who gets full custody is now set for July 15
  • In the meantime, the girl is in the custody of guardians, as agreed upon by both parents, and they will alternate custody on the weekends

A Louisiana judge has temporarily reversed his decision to grant a man full custody of his teenage daughter after the girl’s mother came forward to allege that the girl was conceived from him raping her when she was just a teenager.

Over the past week, Crysta Abelseth has claimed that John Barnes raped her after they met at a bar in 2005 – but was later granted full custody of their now teenage daughter. Barnes, though, has adamantly denied the claims he raped her.

Abelseth has since had to pay Barnes child support.

But on Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey Cashe on Tuesday reversed his decision to grant John Barnes full custody of the 16-year-old girl.

It is unclear what led the judge to reverse his decision, but Abelseth suggested it is the result of ongoing media attention to the case.

She said in an interview with WBRZ that the ruling on Tuesday is the first bit of fairness she’s seen in the court system in nearly a decade, telling reporter Chris Nakamoto: ‘When I sat down with you, I thought maybe a few people would have watched it on the news and say “Ok, that’s sad,” and move on.

‘The fact that we’ve received so much attention, it’s pressed the issue to make these people do what they are supposed to.’

A trial to decide which parent gets full custody is now set for July 15, and Jarrett Ambeau, who is representing Abelseth pro bono, said they are building a case.

‘We’re going to present that case in full force to the judge on July 15, and I think it will get the right outcome,’ he said in an interview on News Nation.

In the meantime, the girl will be put in the custody of guardians, as agreed upon by both parents. They will then alternate custody on the weekends.

A Louisiana judge on Tuesday temporarily reversed his decision to grant a man full custody of his teenage daughter, after the girl's mother Crysta Abelseth, second from right, publicly accused him of raping her when she was a teenager

A Louisiana judge on Tuesday temporarily reversed his decision to grant a man full custody of his teenage daughter, after the girl’s mother Crysta Abelseth, second from right, publicly accused him of raping her when she was a teenager

It remains unclear what prompted the judge to reverse the decision granting John Barnes (left) full custody. He has denied the claims of rape

It remains unclear what prompted the judge to reverse the decision granting John Barnes (left) full custody. He has denied the claims of rape

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