Man previously convicted for possession of child pornography facing new indictment

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.


A news release out of the Western District of New York announced a grand jury indictment against a Batavia, New York resident that had previously been convicted on charges of possession of child pornography.


According to the release, 52-year-old Matthew Barber had been convicted of possession of child pornography in April 2007 and as sentenced to 74 months in federal prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.


July 5, 2017 his supervised release was revoked after Barber was "unsuccessfully discharged from a sex offender treatment program."  He was returned to federal prison for another six months and then released once more with a new term of 5 years of supervised release.


The New York State Parole notified United States Probation that Barber had been terminated from his place of employment on May 20, 2020. According to the employer, the reason for the termination was that Barber was observed inserting "flash drives into a workplace computer, which he was not authorized to access."


One of the terms of Barber's release was that he was responsible to notify the state parole of any termination in his employment status.


The same day that the Federal officers were notified, they teamed up with state officers and conducted a search at Barber's residence.  During that search, they seized a cell phone and flash drive.


A review of those electronics revealed "over 1,100 images and 40 videos of child pornography" on the flash drive, and "several hundred images and over 200 videos of child pornography" on the cell phone.


Barber has been arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judger Jeremiah J. McCarthy for receipt and possession of child pornography.  The charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, with the possibility of a sentence of up to 40 years.


The release issued to the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood page does not indicate when Barber is due back in court.



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