(WGGB/WSHM) -- Springfield Police have released more information to Western Mass News regarding a man accused of sexual crimes against two underage victims.
We’re learning this is not the first time he’s faced these kinds of charges.
Christian Barbee, 35, of Springfield is charged with rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery stemming from the fall of 2020.
At that time, Barber was already out on bail for a different child rape case.
“He’s been someone on our detectives radar and SVU for a while now,” said Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh.
Barbee faces charges of assault and battery, rape, witness intimidation, and kidnapping.
Springfield Police told Western Mass News the charges stem from an investigation involving two underage victims from this past fall.
However, police said these newest charges are just the latest in a long criminal record.
In the mid-2000s, Western Mass News captured this footage from another case in which Barbee was accused of breaking into a home where his former girlfriend lived and threatening her.
Just a few years ago, Springfield Police said they charged him for child rape.
“He has a history of preying on young teenage girls,” Walsh explained.
According to Walsh, his victims aren't complete strangers.
“Those were people he met from various channels whether it be social media, through friends, and then would hang out with them and then ultimately prey upon them,” Walsh noted.
Police said when this most recent 2020 offense happened, he was still on the hook for the prior child rape charge.
“He was out on bail pending trial in that case,” Walsh noted.
Police said now, they requested the court hold him without the option to pay his way out.
“Our detectives have asked that no bail be set on him because of the actions previously out on bail, his track record just is not good,” Walsh added.
Police are asking anyone with additional information on Barbee to step forward and contact the Springfield Police Department special victims unit at (413) 787-6355.
We were told Barbee was supposed to be arraigned Wednesday, but calls to Springfield District Court went unanswered on the outcome.