Project Safe Childhood Rochester Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Offense
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: David Barker, 40, of Rochester, appeared in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire today and was sentenced to 78 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas.
The investigation into Barker began in 2010 when a lead was sent to the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force 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.
The Rochester Police Department conducted a further investigation and secured a search warrant for David Barker’s residence in Rochester. Several computers, dvds and cds were seized which were 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.
This prosecution is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the United States Department of Justice aimed at combating the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon.