WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, WILLIAM WALTER BARKER 44, of Kinston, North Carolina was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to 78 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a $10,000.00 fine on the charge of one count of Receipt of Child Pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252 (a)(2).

According to the investigation, the Freemont Police Chief received a USB thumb drive found in the Freemont Town Hall Board of Alderman meeting room near where BARKER was sitting during a meeting he attended. BARKER was employed by a CPA firm in Kinston and attended the meeting to present and discuss the town audit. The thumb drive contained images of child pornography along with other documents belonging to BARKER. Subsequently, a search warrant of BARKER’S residence in Kinston was executed on November 29, 2012. BARKER was home at the time and admitted possessing a thumb dive that matched the description of the thumb drive found in Freemont’s Town Hall. A laptop computer recovered during the search of BARKER’S home contained 11,025 images and 1,022 videos of child pornography.

This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national initiative, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Freemont Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes prosecuted the case.