September 8, 2010
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When probation officers at Panama City West P&P Office noticed one of their probationer’s names on a list requesting a weapon’s permit, they searched his home the following day (Friday, September 3, 2010) and found these items:
Offenders on community supervision, like probation, are not allowed to possess weapons while they are on supervision. The officers involved in the warrantless search of offender John Barta’s home are: Panama City West Probation and Parole Supervising Officer CPSO Charles Smith, with assistance from Panama City West P&P’s CPSO Tim Quinn, Supervisor Mike Renaldo and Mark Chambers, and Panama City West P&P’s CPO Ken Thaxton.
Barta was supervision until 2003 for Lewd and Lascivious Assault on a Child under the age of 16. He was placed on one year community control supervision on August 17, 2010 for failing to register as a Sex Offender.
The Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office was called after the explosives were found and a warrant was signed by the Court to help in the search. The offender was arrested for violation of probation, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a destructive device. He is currently in the Bay County Jail with a hold without bond.