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Suspect captured in Kansas guilty of child sex abuse

December 9, 2001

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— A Mercer County man captured in Kansas after being featured on "America's Most Wanted" has been convicted of 105 counts involving the sexual abuse of his four stepchildren.

Barry White was found guilty Friday by a jury in Mercer County Circuit Court.

White faces up to 30 years in prison on each of 30 counts of first-degree sexual assault and up to 20 years on each of 75 counts of child abuse by a custodian. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 28.

Prosecutors said White sexually abused his stepchildren and forced them to have sex with each other. This happened so often that the children reportedly saw sexual activity between siblings as "normalized behavior," according to testimony.

White, 32, remains held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

White's wife, Jennifer, faces a March 5 trial on 20 counts of child neglect resulting in injury.

The charges involved four children between ages 2 and 11. They had been in foster care and since have been adopted by their foster mother.

Prosecutors said the couple had moved around Mercer County, living in the Bramwell area, Matoaka, and other communities.

After the Whites fled Mercer County, prosecutors contacted the Fox network's "America's Most Wanted" program and provided details of the case, descriptions of the Whites and their car, and photographs.

The Whites were arrested in March at a mobile home in Toronto, Kan., after a neighbor saw the TV program and called police.

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