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Former Spokesman For Department Of Children & Families Arrested For Child Porn

DCF spokesman distributed images of Childs sexual performance

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 6th December 2017 @ 7.48pm
thomas william barnes  67  was charged with 11 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child a © press
Thomas William Barnes, 67, was charged with 11 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child a

The former spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families has been arrested on charges of child pornography according to reports. 

Thomas William Barnes, 67, was charged with 11 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child and one count of promoting an image of s sexual performance by a child according to Alachua County jail records.

Barnes is being held in bonds totaling $900,000.

The former DCF spokesman was primarily accused of distributing sexual images involving a child after Yahoo! alerted law enforcement to the photo back in August.

bradenton reports: The former DCF spokesman was first accused of sending an obscene photo involving a juvenile after Yahoo! alerted law enforcement to the photo in August.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received the report from Yahoo! that said a user, later identified as Barnes, sent a graphic photo of a man and a girl, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Gainesville police obtained a search warrant and reportedly found child pornography on Barnes’ computer.

The report, according to the Sun, said the computer contained multiple folders of child porn that was hidden under sub folders with innocuous names. For example, one folder titled “Too much” contained at least 55 images.

The content, Barnes reportedly admitted to police, included depictions of sexual intercourse with children as young as 6.

Barnes hasn’t worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families for over a decade, communications director Jessica Sims said.

“We are absolutely disgusted by the abhorrent allegations against this individual,” said Sims. “Mr. Barnes separated from the agency more than 10 years ago.”

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