Repeat Offender Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Receipt And Possession of Large Child Sexual Abuse Material Collection
LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas resident was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Cristina D. Silva to 16 years in prison followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for receipt and possession of more than 118,000 images of child sexual abuse material.
After a bench trial in November 2022, Barry Ray Knight (75) was found guilty of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on April 8, 2021, investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force executed a search warrant at Knight’s residence. During the search, investigators seized multiple electronic devices owned by Knight. A forensic examination of the devices revealed that Knight possessed 115,299 images and 3,135 videos depicting children who were as young as toddlers. He used the BitTorrent network to receive files online.
In 2003, Knight was convicted of possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Missouri.
United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.
The FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Supriya Prasad and Kimberly Sokolich prosecuted the case.
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 U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.