OAKLAND — A 22-year-old youth dance instructor is scheduled to be arraigned today on a charge that he sodomized an 11-year-old girl he befriended last week after she ran away from home, authorities say.

Assistant District Attorney Norbert Chu said Daryell Barker will be charged with sodomy with a minor under 14 by someone more than 10 years older. Barker also will be charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun — a weapon found in the Sycamore Street house in which the girl was allegedly assaulted, Chu said.

Barker, who was arrested Tuesday night, will be arraigned by this afternoon, police said.

Police say Barker has made admissions in the case, but they would not be more specific. He has no adult criminal record, according to police.

The 11-year-old and a 12-year-old friend ran away March 3 because they had gotten in trouble at Frick Middle School, where they are both enrolled, and were afraid to go home, authorities said. They spent most of the day riding on BART before returning to Oakland where they eventually met Barker and an unidentified second man at a San Pablo Avenue hamburger stand.

The 11-year-old ended up at Barker's house and the 12-year-old left with the other man. The 12-year-old was found Saturday morning in the 3200 block of San Pablo Avenue, police said.

Authorities said Barker is suspected of assaulting the 11-year-old girl on the morning of March 4.


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Also living at the house where the girl was taken was Barker's pregnant 16-year-old girlfriend, police said.

The 11-year-old said Barker and his girlfriend befriended her, so she made no effort to leave. Police said that Barker is believed to have talked to the 11-year-old about becoming a prostitute, but that she never went through with it.

Destiny Arts is trying to determine whether the girl went with him to dance classes he taught at Youth Uprising and at College Prep Academy on the Havenscourt Middle School campus.

Last Thursday, police released information to the media about the missing girls. On Friday, after friends had told Barker's 16-year-old girlfriend about the media attention, she contacted police and arranged for the 11-year-old to be turned over to officers at 27th and West streets, police said.

But on Friday, neither the 11-year-old nor the 16-year-old said anything to police about the sexual assault. In follow-up interviews by Special Victims Unit Officers Holly Joshi and Jim Saleda, however, the 11-year-old told what allegedly happened. She eventually led officers to the house and identified Barker from a photograph.

In addition to the illegal shotgun, police also seized cushions and blankets that will be tested for DNA, they said.

The 11-, 12- and 16-year-old girls have all been taken into protective custody by police.

According to people who know Barker, they say he uses the nicknames Little D and Green Eyes.

"He's (Barker) is very polite and he's shy," said Renee Heider, executive director of Destiny Arts.

Barker was hired last August by Destiny Arts. As part of the contract he had with the center, Barker taught turf dancing at Youth Uprising and at College Prep Academy on the Havenscourt Middle School campus.

According to Destiny Arts officials, he was "never left alone with students" and was always paired with an adult instructor because Barker had no previous teaching or classroom management experience.

"He was fingerprinted and it came back with a clean scan," Heider said. "We've had a great run in hiring instructors and this is the first incident of this kind in 20 years."

Olis Simmons, executive director of the Youth Uprising Center, said she was shocked to learn about the incident.

"It's tragic," Simmons said. "This is a sign of deeper mental health issues in the community that needs to be addressed."