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Carbon man sentenced on child pornography charges

Published July 06. 2011 05:01PM

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a short county prison term on Tuesday in the county court on child pornography charges.

Adam James Barnes, 21, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison followed by one year probation. The sentence was imposed by Judge Steven R. Serfass on 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Barnes previously admitted to having 131 photos of child pornography and 45 movies of child pornography. He was originally charged with 188 criminal counts.

Barnes was arrested by the state police following an investigation by a special unit of the state police which monitors the internet for sexual predators.

Troopers said Barnes went on a chat room seeking other persons who had child pornography and seeking to exchange materials he had with others. He made contact with a person he thought had such materials, but who was actually a state trooper. This occurred in January of 2010.

After several contacts troopers were able to identify Barnes' internet site and traced his address. Armed with a search warrant, troopers went to Barnes' home and seized his computer system, found were the 141 photos and 45 movies of child pornography.

The charges fall under Megan's Law and Barnes must register as a sexual offender for the next 10 years.

Serfass asked Barnes, "What were you thinking.?"

Defense Atty. Joseph D. Perilli told Serfass, "He's ashamed of what he did," adding, "He got caught up in it."

On the criminal use charge he was placed on probation for a year consecutive to the other charges.

Serfass also ordered him to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, submit to a sexual offenders evaluation, render three hours of community serve per month while on parole and probation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and not access the internet. He must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole and probation.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on July 8.

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