State Prosecutor: Barron and Johnson had Personal Relationship, Funneled Campaign Funds

L to R: Lowell Barron, Rhonda Johnson (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

L to R: Lowell Barron, Rhonda Johnson (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – New details in the ethics case against former state senator Lowell Barron.

A DeKalb county grand jury indicted Barron and campaign staffer Rhonda Johnson in April on six counts of state campaign and ethics violations.

Now, there are allegations stating Barron circulated more than $50,000 in campaign funds back to himself.  He’s also accused of having a personal relationship with Johnson.

Court documents, filed by state prosecutor Miles Hart, state the relationship included interest free loans and shared hotel rooms.  The documents state Johnson aided and abetted Lowell Barron on six counts of state campaign and ethics violations.

In the documents, Hart says the prosecution will attempt to prove Barron and Johnson had a criminal relationship.

Hart argues Johnson helped Barron route $52,000 in campaign money to himself.  He also says Barron and Johnson had after-hours telephone contact and that Barron gave Johnson a $100,000 interest-free loan.

Hart says Barron and Johnson shared a hotel room on both out-of-state and foreign trips.

According to our new partners at the Huntsville Times and al.com, Barron’s attorney Joe Espy argued last month that Barron and Johnson did not have a personal relationship.

WHNT News 19 reached out to Mr Espy, but at this time, he has not returned our call

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