UPDATED 2.2.2011 by Julie Montanaro
Court records show Kyle Barnes entered a no contest plea to possession of child pornography just days before his trial was scheduled to begin.
Court records show Barnes was sentenced to a sex offender treatment program, three years probation and 250 hours of community service.
Barnes was sentenced as a youthful offender, over the objections of prosecutors who were seeking prison time.
UPDATED 8.16.2010 by Julie Montanaro
An FSU student is busted for child pornography.
Kyle Barnes is facing six felonies and deputies say his on line activities led them right to his college dormitory.
Students and their parents are busy hauling boxes down the sidewalk and into Ragans Hall as they move in and get ready for the fall semester.
Word that a fellow FSU student who lived in this dorm last spring had been arrested for possession of child porn was a shock.
"I know a lot of people download music and lime wire and stuff, but that's disgusting, that's insane," said FSU junior Mara Mink.
"I definitely think it was pretty bold because I mean the RA's can come in and check on your room at any time and they have keys to our room and for him to be doing that is really disturbing almost," FSU sophomore Emily Vierling said.
Leon County deputies say Kyle Barnes had pornographic videos of young girls on the same computer as his school work. And students tell us the dorm rooms accommodate as many as three other roommates.
"Through the technology and the investigation, it narrows it down to basically one computer," said Rob Waller, head of LCSO's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Barnes turned himself in at the Leon County jail Saturday, was released on 10-thousand dollars bond Sunday and according to court records, has been ordered to stay away from anyone under the age of 18, except in his college classes.
"It's a little shocking," said FSU student Alli Moore, "that a college student would be interested in something like this. Usually it's something ... a little different type of pornography, not child pornography."
"It's kind of disturbing," FSU student Gabrielle Barrett said. "It's scary. It's very scary."
We are trying to reach Barnes's attorney for comment and have not been able to verify whether he is enrolled at FSU for the upcoming semester.
Tallahassee, FL -
**Press Release from Leon County Sheriff''s Office **
In April 2010, members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant for crimes relating to child pornography at 916 West Jefferson Street in Tallahassee, Florida.
Agents from U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) executed a search warrant and recovered computer equipment, child pornographic images and videos.
During the investigation, members of the task force identified a computer that was possessing and/or sharing child pornography through a file sharing program. Evidence led to the identification of Kyle E. Barnes, 20, as the suspect. The search warrant was obtained based on evidence that files containing images of child sexual performance were being possessed and distributed from Barnes’ computer.
Through forensic previews, interviews and other investigative measures, warrants for Barnes’ arrest were obtained on August 09, 2010. Barnes turned himself in at the Leon County Jail on August 14, 2010 and has since been released on bond. Barnes was charged with 6 counts of Possession of Images of Child Sexual Performance.
Kyle E. Barnes
CHARGES: Possession of Images of Child Sexual Performance (6 counts)