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Former Navy Seal, self-defense trainer sentenced in residential entry case

Posted at 12:47 PM, Aug 02, 2017

Update: The stalking charge against Jesse Barnett was dropped. He completed Hamilton County Veteran's Court, and was sentenced to a single misdemeanor count of residential entry. He spent one day in jail and has successfully completed all of the terms of his sentence and probation.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The teacher at a north side electronic shooting range will go on trial for stalking charges next week.

Jesse Barnett, 50, was charged in Sept. 2016 for invasion of privacy, residential entry and stalking after an investigation by the Fishers Police Department. Barnett is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. 

On Sept. 2, 2016, police were shown a letter sent by Barnett, and sent to his ex-girlfriend's friends and co-workers.

According to a probable cause document from 2016, the letter said "You have literally rolled into my house, my bed, sit on my couch, watch my TV, play with my dogs. That is MY HOME." 

A surveillance video recorded a man within 10 feet of the house on Aug. 8, 2016. The man seen in the video matches physical attributes to Barnett.

Due to Barnett's previous military training as a U.S. Navy Seal and his history as an instructor for Military Operations on Urban Terrain, conducting physical surveillance on Barnett was difficult, the officer noted in the probable cause document. While police watched him remotely, he performed counter-surveillance techniques, such as random stops for no reasons.

Barnett was a U.S. Navy Seal for 15 years, then became a diplomatic security contractor for seven more years.

Barnett owns a shooting simulation range called. Poseidon Experience, on Indianapolis' north side.

In February, RTV6 talked to Barnett and profiled his business. 

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He was seen walking onto the property on video and entering an open garage on his ex-girlfriend's property, the court document said.

Police also learned there was missing property from the outside of his ex-girlfriend's house.

Barnett's jury trial begins Aug. 8.