Michigan doctor raped teen hooker, evades justice for 20 years: Witness

She struggled with her emotions as she testified about being raped almost 25 years ago.

The woman, now a 44-year-old social worker, told court Tuesday she was a pregnant teenager and sex trade worker on Aug. 22, 1993 when Dr. Kevin Vernard Barber agreed to pay her $100 for oral sex.

Barber convinced her to go to his suburban hotel, she told Justice Kenneth Hoodcourt. But instead of having sex in a hotel room, she described being trapped in his locked car where he raped her in the back seat.

She was the opening witness at Barber’s trial — which was delayed for more than two decades after he didn’t show up for his original court date on Feb. 29, 1996. Barber was a fugitive until he was arrested crossing at the Windsor border in March 2016.

Barber, a neuropsychologist who is on bail and representing himself at trial, has pleaded not guilty to charges he unlawfully confined and sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman, whose identity is covered by a publication ban, agreed to enter Barber’s vehicle at Dundas and Jarvis to drive to a downtown hotel, court heard.

She tried to exit the car but couldn’t as Barber told her to climb into the back seat.

He stripped her clothes off, started kissing her, removed the condom “and raped me,” said the witness in a barely audible, emotional voice.

Dabbing away tears with a tissue, she insisted she revoked her consent after he offered only “$70 or something like that.

“I asked him to take me back. Although I was engaged in the sex trade, I practised safe sex,” said the witness, was then two months pregnant.

“I just want this over and done with,” said the woman, who is now employed as a social worker supervisor outside of Ontario.
“I asked him not to take off the condom. He said I didn’t have to worry — he’s clean,” she testified.

“It was justified because I was a sex trade worker. He threw the money at me,” she said.

He dropped her off downtown and she memorized his licence plate. She hailed a police car and was reporting the assault when Barber’s car drove by.

Barber was arrested a short distance away.

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