Inmate Assaulted, Seriously Injured

An inmate in the Johnston County Jail sustained serious injuries after being assaulted. The incident happened around 10:45pm Friday, June 25th.

Pablo Barrera Escobar, 61, of Clayton was reportedly assaulted by a cellmate. Escobar was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said charges are pending.

Escobar has been in custody since his arrest in January 2020 for first-degree sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a minor. At the time of his arrest, the victim was 16. The alleged assaults occurred when the victim was between ages 3 and 5. Escobar is still awaiting trial on the charges.


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