UPDATE: Tulare man pleads not guilty to kidnapping 5-year-old girl from Keysville campsite

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UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Barrera pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday afternoon. Judge Michael G. Bush ordered him held without bail and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 1.

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, according to the sheriff’s office. 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.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

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