LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KGET) — A man was arrested Tuesday after deputies said he lured a 5-year-old girl away from her family at the Keysville South Campground near Lake Isabella.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were sent to the area after receiving reports of a missing girl. She was found by her family before deputies arrived.
Deputies learned the girl had been lured away from the campsite by a stranger later identified as 62-year-old David Barrera, sheriff’s officials said. The Tulare man allegedly took the girl to a secluded area and hid her while her family looked for her.
Her family found her with Barrera, officials said.
Barrera is a convicted sex offender who had an active felony warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. He’s charged with kidnapping a child under 14, annoying or molesting a child under 18 with a prior offense and two counts of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.