A 40-year-old Canton man has been sentenced to prison for trying to leave the country with more than 100 files of child pornography. Nathaniel Barber belonged to an online group that shared videos and photographs of child pornography, federal prosecutors said Monday.

“Every video and image of child pornography is a crime scene depicting the sexual abuse of a child,” said Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Kurt R. Erskine. “This case reaffirms our office’s determination to leverage our federal, state, and local law enforcement partnerships to prosecute individuals who revictimize exploited children by downloading and viewing these horrific images.”

According to federal authorities: in January 2020, special agents with Homeland Security Investigations received a tip that Barber might be traveling outside the country to commit sex crimes against minors. The agents learned that he had purchased a plane ticket to the Philippines and was departing from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Jan. 28, 2020. Agents approached Barber at the boarding gate and questioned him about his trip.

Barber denied that he was traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex with anyone under the age of 18 years. But he admitted that he possessed child pornography on a tablet and cell phone. A forensic search of the items revealed that Barber had joined an online group where members posted and shared child pornography. Barber had downloaded seven videos and 133 images of child pornography, with many of the materials depicting girls under 10 years old being sexually abused.

“Stopping predators from spreading this filth, that victimizes innocent children every time it is shared, is one of the most important actions we do,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations operations in Georgia and Alabama. “Luckily, he was not able to complete his trip and others engaged in this depravity should be on the lookout because we won’t stop searching for them.”

Barber was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $5,100 fine. Barber was convicted of attempted international transport of child pornography. He pleaded guilty in November.

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