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Parishville man sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing, distributing child porn

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PARISHVILLE — A Parishville man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing and distributing child pornography.

Brad Barber, age and address not available, additionally was ordered Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Utica, to undergo supervision for the rest of his life after pleading guilty Feb. 4 to knowingly producing child pornography, knowingly distributing child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography.

According to court documents, special agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations began an investigation in December 2012 into a suspected user of child pornography in Memphis, Tenn. On Feb. 13, 2013, agents conducted a search of an email account used by the suspect in Tennessee and discovered correspondence from an account later tracked to Barber’s residence.

On Oct. 22, agents executed a search warrant at Barber’s home and recovered three computers. Barber also was there and was taken to the Potsdam Police Department, where he was advised of his Miranda rights. According to a criminal complaint, he waived these rights and agreed to answer questions, admitting that he possessed both images and videos depicting child pornography.

Court documents also state that one computer contained images of a 7-year-old girl engaged in sexual activity, with the pictures having been taken in Barber’s bedroom at his residence. Barber admitted that he took the pictures and that he had been trading child pornography with the suspect in Tennessee.

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