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Liberty man sentenced for child pornography after investigators find 272 pictures, 76 videos

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Liberty man has been sentenced in federal court for trying to distribute child pornography over the internet.

Mark Anthony Barrett, 60, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to eight years in federal prison without parole.

The court also sentenced Barrett to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration and ordered him to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims in his collection of child pornography (or $3,000 in restitution if paid within 30 days).

On Oct. 6 of last year, Barrett pleaded guilty to trying to distribute child pornography over the internet.

He admitted that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download child pornography from the internet, which was also then made available to others on the sharing network.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence and seized a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and five hard drives.

Barrett admitted to viewing child pornography for more than two years.

Investigators found 272 images and 76 videos of child pornography, one of which was particularly violent and involved a female toddler, on a hard drive that had been removed from his desktop computer.

The majority of the images appeared to be of prepubescent females being sexually abused.

The age of the victims ranged from toddler to prepubescent.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.

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