Easly Man Sentenced to 10 Years on Child Porn Charges
Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jackie Dean Barnes, age 44, of Easley, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson, to possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A. United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain sentenced Barnes to 120 months imprisonment.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on October 27, 2011, law enforcement conducted an on-line Internet investigation to identify individuals possessing and sharing child pornography using a publically available peer-to-peer file sharing program. Agents identified a user sharing several hundred files that had names associated with child pornography. Two files were downloaded and were indeed child pornography.
Further investigation revealed that the computer sharing the files was located in Easley, South Carolina. On December 5, 2011, a search warrant was obtained for Barnes’ home address. During the execution of the warrant, agents located a laptop computer in the bedroom occupied by Barnes. A forensic examination of the computer revealed multiple images of child pornography.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.
This case was brought as part of 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.