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Project Safe Childhood Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Offense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE:   David Barker, 39, of Rochester, pled guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.   

            The investigation began in 2010 when a lead was sent to the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) from the Canadian Internet Child Exploitation Unit in Saskatchewan.   An undercover officer there had seen images of child pornography being shared by a user in the Rochester area.   Shortly thereafter, the New Hampshire ICAC received a similar lead from a detective in Hinesville, Georgia.

Based on those leads, the Rochester Police Department conducted further investigation and secured a search warrant for David Barker’s residence in Rochester.  Several computers, dvds and cds were seized which and examined, and found to contain several thousand images depicting the sexual assault of young children.  The case was referred for federal prosecution and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division became the lead investigative agency for the case. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, 2012 and is facing up to ten years in prison and a period of supervised release.

             In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

 This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon.

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