Former DCF spokesman arrested on child porn charges

Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Thomas William Barnes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A former spokesman for Florida's child welfare agency is accused of having child pornography.

A Gainesville police arrest report says 67-year-old Thomas William Barnes was arrested last week. On Monday, he was charged with 10 additional charges of possession of obscene materials or viewing depiction of child sexual content.

The Gainesville Sun reports the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report in August that a Yahoo user later identified as Barnes sent a graphic photo of a man and a girl. Police got a search warrant and searched his computer. They found multiple folders of child porn hidden in subfolders. One, titled "too much" held at least 55 images.

The report said some pictures were of sexual intercourse with children as young as 6.

DCF spokeswoman Jessica Sims said in an email that Barnes left the agency more than 10 years ago.

Barnes remains in jail on a $900,000 bond. Records don't list a lawyer.

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