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Columbia Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography


Defendant Showed Child Pornography to the Victim That He Sexually Abused

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Philip Wayne Barto, age 43, of Columbia, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. Judge Bennett also ordered that upon his release from prison Barto will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Chief William J. McMahon of the Howard County Police Department; and Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino.

“Sexually exploiting children is a crime that has traumatic effects on the most vulnerable members of our society,” said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Baltimore.

“Identifying and investigating those who victimize children is one of the most important responsibilities we have, and that is why ICE HSI will continue to work aggressively with our law enforcement partners to pursue these child predators who mistakenly believe the Internet shields them from detection.”

According to Barto’s plea agreement, in December 2009 a teenage girl advised the Department of Social Services in Howard County that Barto had been sexually abusing her from the time she was approximately 14 years old, and took sexually explicit pictures of her. On December 10, 2009, a search warrant was executed at Barto’s residence and sexually explicit pictures of the girl were recovered from Barto’s computer.

Additionally, over 300 videos and numerous images documenting the sexual abuse of minors were found on Barto’s computer. A number of the images and videos seized from the computer revealed material which portrayed sadistic, masochistic or other depictions of violence, including bondage of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In connection with his sexual abuse of the girl Barto had shown her images of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE HSI, the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bonnie S. Greenberg and Kristi N. O’Malley, who prosecuted the case.

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