A Jeffersonville man was sentenced to 91⁄2 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for transporting and possessing child pornography.

During a hearing on Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Thomas E. Barron, 49, admitted that on June 7, 2010, he used a computer to transport child pornography images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from his residence in Jeffersonville to other people through the Internet, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett’s office. His office covers Indiana’s Southern District.

According to prosecutors, Barron’s collection of child pornography included more than 76,000 images and videos of very young children engaged in explicit sex acts.

Undercover special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Jersey found that Barron was distributing child pornography to a group of his online friends. The case was referred to the FBI in Indiana, which began an investigation with help from its state and local law enforcement partners in the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Indiana State Police and Brownsburg Police Department assisted in the investigation.

A federal search warrant was executed at Barron’s residence in September 2010, and he was arrested without incident. He has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal since that time.

According to prosecutor, Barron worked as a nurse at a hospital in Louisville prior to his arrest.

Barron admitted during the investigation that he used his computer to distribute the images to numerous people throughout the United States and abroad. Investigators said some of the images included very young minors and sadistic abuse.

Investigators believe his motive was to trade with other pornography collectors in order to increase his personal collection.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing problem of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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