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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jacksonville Man Sentenced To Six Years In Federal Prison For Downloading Child Sexual Abuse Videos And Images Using The “Dark Web”

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Jason Dean Barnes (42, Jacksonville) to six years in federal prison for downloading child sexual abuse images and videos over the Internet using the “dark web.” He was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervision following his release and must register as a sex offender. Barnes was found guilty on September 18, 2017, following a bench trial.      


According to court documents, FBI agents began an online undercover investigation to identify individuals who were using a particular anonymizing website on the “dark web” to access and download images and videos depicting child pornography. Agents identified Barnes after he had accessed child pornography on this website on February 28 and March 3, 2015. A search warrant was then executed at Barnes’s residence and, during an interview, he admitted to searching for, downloading, and viewing child pornography for his own sexual gratification. A forensic examination of his laptop computer revealed that it contained at least 500 videos and 5,000 images depicting child pornography.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.


It is another case 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, 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 January 18, 2018