Crime & Courts

Former analyst sentenced in child pornography case

A former analyst working in a Drug Enforcement Administration office in Overland Park was sentenced Monday to five years and three months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Matthew Barnes, 34, of Overland Park was a member of the Missouri National Guard assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program when an Overland Park police detective discovered a laptop in the DEA office was sharing explicit images of minors over the Internet on March 21, 2012, according to information in federal court documents and from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s Office. The detective and two FBI agents went to the office that day and discovered the laptop was assigned to Barnes; he admitted to using a thumb drive to operate an Internet file-sharing program to find the images.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified 19 images from nine known series of child pornography from the computer, Grissom said.

Barnes pleaded guilty to the charge.

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