Former councilman in Kinston sentenced for child porn

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 08:19 PM

RALEIGH — A former Kinston city councilman is headed to federal prison after prosecutors say he inadvertently left a thumb drive containing child pornography behind at a public meeting.

Ex-councilman William Walter Barker was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox to serve 6 1/2 years after earlier pleading guilty to a single count of receipt of child pornography. Barker will also pay a $10,000 fine and be supervised for life following his release.

Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Barker attended a meeting last year in the nearby town of Fremont, leaving behind a small digital storage device later determined to contain improper images. Authorities then got a search warrant for Barker's home, finding a laptop computer containing about 12,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children.