Jacksonville man used 'dark web' app to download child porn, DOJ says

Jason Dean Barnes, 41, guilty of receiving child porn images, videos

By Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man has been found guilty of receiving child sexual-abuse images and videos over the internet using a "dark web" application.

The Department of Justice said that during an online undercover investigation into people using an anonymizing website on the "dark web" to access and receive images and videos depicting child pornography, FBI agents apprehended the administrator and seized it from the web-hosting facility.

Agents said they identified Jason Dean Barnes, 41, as having had access to child pornography on the website Feb. 28 and March 3.

The DOJ said after the July 29, 2015, execution of a search warrant at Barnes' home, a forensic exam of his laptop revealed at least 500 videos and at least 5,000 images depicting child pornography, including several that he had downloaded earlier that day.

Barnes admitted during an interview to searching for, downloading and watching child porn on the website and that he struggled with the addiction for a number of years, the DOJ said.

 

Barnes' sentencing date has been set for Dec. 18. He faces a minimum penalty of five years, and a maximum of 20 years, in federal prison.

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