Midland Man Guilty on Child Porn Charges

Midland Man Guilty on Child Porn Charges

by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - After several years of roaming through the streets, this child predator is finally locked up.

A jury found Brandon Barker guilty on five counts of child pornography in a federal court on Tuesday.

File names such as, "young incest porn (hidden cam 2011)" and "incest - Dad and Young Daughter," were found on this Midland man's computer. Evidence showed that Barker had more than 100 images of children under the age of 12, some even as young as two years old, being raped by men.

But this is not the first time Barker has been accused of indecent behavior with children. He was accused of molesting a four-year-old in Coleman in 2003. Doctors found evidence of trauma inside the child's mouth, but charges were later dismissed when Barker plead guilty to injury of a child, and ultimately was not required to register as a sex offender.

Federal prosecutors used these accusations against Barker to assure that doesn't happen again.

Following the guilty verdict, Assistant US Attorney, Austin Berry released a statement saying in part:

"This case was expertly handled by the remarkable computer forensics agents at Homeland Security Investigations in Midland. Thanks largely to HSI's professionalism and expertise, the child predator has been removed from our community for many years, and will have to register as a sex offender when he leaves federal prison."