Girard firefighter faces domestic violence charges against 2 women

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A Girard fireman is free on bond after being accused of hurting two women on two separate occasions.

Jacob Barnhart now faces a second domestic violence charge. He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

The latest charge stems from a different woman filing a complaint, accusing Barnhart of hurting her when she lived with him last year.

“It has to stop. I want to prevent this from happening to anyone else ever again,” the alleged victim said.

Barnhart was first charged with domestic violence in February. According to court documents, a woman who was living with him had multiple injuries consistent with an act of physical violence. A police report notes she received treatment at an emergency room.

Barnhart, a 15-year veteran firefighter, remains employed with the Girard Fire Department.

“We take those charges very seriously. In meeting with the fire chief and the safety service director, along with legal counsel, we determined at this time to keep him on the job rather than have him off the job with pay,” Mayor Jim Melfi said.

“He’s in a position to help people and I feel like he’s hurting people, and he needs to be stopped,” the alleged victim said.

Barnhart is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing in this case on April 10.

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