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Friday, October 12, 2018

Former Theme Park Employee Sentenced To More Than 14 Years For Child Pornography Offenses

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced William Earl Barrett (28, Clermont) to 14 years and 6 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography. The court also ordered Barrett to forfeit the electronic devices he used during the course of the offense. Barrett pleaded guilty on July 5, 2018.

According to court documents, Barrett distributed child pornography to an individual who had sexually exploited two children in New York. During the investigation, agents found numerous videos and images of child pornography, including images depicting the two children, on Barrett’s electronic devices. Agents also located evidence that Barrett himself was in communication with at least one of the child victims. At the time of his offense conduct, Barrett was employed at a theme park in Orlando.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.

This case 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 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 sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 12, 2018