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Barber Living in Home of Former County Teacher



So where is Ed Barber?

The answer appears to be a moving target, as a Nov. 7 special election nears to decide who'll replace Barber as the Midlothian district supervisor on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

Barber, convicted of two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery against his teenage stepdaughter June 28, has since changed his address four times with the sex offender registry maintained by Virginia State Police. The former chairman of the board of supervisors resigned after pleading guilty, but has maintained his innocence.

His address changed twice just in the last week. On Oct. 24, Barber changed his address from a local extended-stay hotel, InTown Suites at 11551 Green Spring Road (Room 248) to 8808 Gem Street in Bon Air. Only problem was, the Gem Street address didn't exist.

So on Oct. 27, Barber notified the sex-offender registry that the address listed was wrong. It was actually 8828 Gem Street, which does exist. It's a small house owned by Linda A. Vess, according to county records.

Vess is a former Chesterfield schoolteacher who retired in 2001. She's also a former president of the Chesterfield Education Association.

Barber informed a family member in August that he could not live at his home on 1801 Winding Way while undergoing court-ordered counseling and psychiatric evaluation, and that the "duration is not known to me at this time." He first moved into a hotel in the Arboretum office park and notified state police Aug. 22.

It's unclear if Barber has completed his counseling. In Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Barber's attorney filed a motion to seal the results of the counseling, a motion which was granted by the judge, last month. As of press time the counseling results had yet to be filed.

Barber has shaved his head, sources say, and continues to operate his own consulting firm, Barber Consulting, listing the address of his home in Bon Air. Style's attempts to reach Barber were unsuccessful. S

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