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Former Marine Sergeant Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

   
March 19, 2012

HOUSTON – Spring, Texas, resident Jarod Barry, 30, has been sentenced to 108 months for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Barry pleaded guilty June 22, 2011.

Today, United States District Court Judge David Hittner sentenced him to 108 months to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, during which time the court can imposed a number of special conditions designed to protect children. Judge Hittner also ordered $3000 in restitution to a known victim and Barry will have to register as a sex offender.

The investigation revealed Barry was in possession of child pornography and making it available to others through the use of peer-to-peer software over the Internet. Investigators were able to download a video of child pornography from Barry and a search of his residence on Oct. 18, 2010, revealed a desktop computer with approximately 258 videos containing child pornography. The images included children under 12 being sexually violated by adults, children being raped, strangled while being violated and bondage involving children.

Barry was separated from the military on Jan. 4, 2012, with an other than honorable discharge by the Marines.

He has been in custody since his arrest, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
           
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack and investigated by the United States Secret Service, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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