☷Previously Convicted Sex Offender Charged with Producing Distributing Possessing Child Pornography
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Previously - Convicted Sex Offender Charged with Producing , Distributing , Possessing Child Pornography PROVIDENCE – A registered level three sex offender living in Narragansett who is alleged to be the administrator of at least three chat groups on a social media platform often used to download and share child pornography , appeared today in federal court in Providence on charges that he allegedly produced , distributed , and possessed child pornography , announced United States Attorney Zachary A . Cunha . Jeremy P . Barton , 41 , arrested this morning by FBI agents , is charged by way of a federal criminal complaint with production of child pornography; distribution of child pornography; and possession and access with intent to view a visual depiction of a minor in sexually explicit conduct . He was ordered detained following his appearance in federal court . According to charging documents , in March and April 2022 , an FBI online covert employee in Tennessee communicated with multiple members of an online - based social media platform , and observed users trading download links containing child sexual abuse material . The FBI employee communicated with the administrator of least three accounts , later identified by the FBI as Jeremy Barton . It is alleged that during communications with the FBI employee , Barton discussed online interactions he had with two boys , one known to be 12 years old and another who Barton believed to be 13 or 14 . It is alleged that Barton had each of the boys provide him with a video of themselves performing a sex act . Barton allegedly shared the images with the FBI employee . On Tuesday morning , FBI agents in Rhode Island executed a court - authorized search of Barton’s residence and seized a cell phone belonging to the defendant . The phone is alleged to contain an app that was used to access the accounts allegedly administered by Barton and used when communicating with the FBI employee . A federal criminal complaint is merely an accusation . A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty . The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U . S . Attorney Christine D . Lowell . ###
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