West Amwell Man Charged with Solebury Child Sexual Assault to Face Trial in July
Saul “Nate” Barson, 29, of West Amwell, N.J., will go on trial this summer for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Solebury boy he met online.
Barson is scheduled first for arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas on April 21, and then due to be tried starting July 13. He was last in court during a preliminary hearing March 22.
In a strange development, the Free Press has obtained a photograph published on Facebook which appears to show Barson vacationing at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., while on bail in March awaiting that hearing. While his bail terms allow travel, Barson’s holiday at arguably the world’s most popular tourist destination for children has raised eyebrows, not least among Solebury Township Police.
The subject of the trip was brought up at Barson’s March 22 hearing before Magisterial Judge Maggie Snow. Apparently, the defendant needed to unwind, given the pressures of being an accused pedophile. Solebury Police aren’t sympathetic.
“We discussed his choice of location for the vacation, which we view as totally inappropriate,” said a spokesperson. “The majority of attendees are juvenile and under the age of 18, and we addressed this with the court with regards to his bail.” Barlow’s bail is currently set at $300,000.
Barson, who worked as an animal control officer in Princeton and formerly volunteered with the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male on Feb. 3 at Pat Livezey Park. The purported victim’s mother found them in Barson’s truck, and noted the vehicle’s license plate number, which she relayed to police.
Barson’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.