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Former Kinston councilman sentenced on child porn charges

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A former Kinston councilman who pleaded guilty to child porn charges will spend more than 6 years in prison.

A federal judge in Wilmington handed down Will Barker's sentence this morning.
     
The U.S. Department of Justice says more than 4,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography were found on Will Barker’s laptop.
    
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, he'll now spend 6 ½ years in prison with supervised probation for the rest of his life.
    
Barker will also pay a $10,000 fine for his 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

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A former Kinston councilman facing child exploitation charges has pleaded guilty to one count of Receipt of Child Pornography.

Police arrested William Barker when they found child pornography on one of his hard drives.

After a town meeting in November, Fremont Police were handed a hard drive that was left at the meeting. Police plugged it in to figure out who it belonged to and that's when they say they found pictures of naked underage boys.

Barker is facing no less than 5 years imprisonment but no more than 20 years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000, and up to a lifetime of supervised release at sentencing.

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KINSTON, N.C. - We're learning new details about what led to the arrest of former Kinston Councilman Will Barker.

Fremont Police Chief Paul Moats tells 9 On Your Side Barker was working on a financial audit for the Town of Fremont on November 20th .  Barker is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Moats tells us after the meeting, someone found a hard drive and handed it over to officials.  Police plugged in the hard drive hoping to determine who owned it.  That's when Moats reported discovering pictures of naked boys, all underage.  Moats handed all of the information over to the SBI.  

Barker was arrested on Friday and jailed under a $300,000 bond.  

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KINSTON, N.C.– Former Kinston Councilman Will Barker is facing several sexual exploitation charges.

The Lenoir County jail confirms to 9 On Your Side that Will Barker was arrested on Thursday and charged with 10 counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  He is still in jail under a $300,000 bond. 

Barker served as a councilman from 2007 to December 2011, and Mayor Pro Tem for two years. 

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy released the following statement on behalf of the City of Kinston to 9 On Your Side:

"We were very surprised to learn of the situation today.  Mr. Barker served the City of Kinston well during his tenure and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected."

City Manager Tony Sears says the City of Kinston has no involvement with this investigation.  He says the SBI notified him about the investigation early Friday morning.

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