Competency trial begins for man accused of using courthouse computers to solicit a minor

Joshua Barrier

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A competency trial is set to begin for a Sherman man accused of online solicitation of a minor using courthouse computers.

Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said this week a jury will decide whether or not Joshua Barrier, 36, is competent to stand trial.

That means he would be able to understand the nature of the charges against him and could competently communicate with his attorney.

Police said Barrier used the Grayson County Courthouse computers to have inappropriate sexual conversations online with a 16-year-old Whitesboro High Student.

Barrier was arrested in 2017 after officers were able to obtain Facebook records and IP addresses, identifying Barrier as the man who sent the messages to the boy.

Barrier has prior convictions for theft and burglary.