New Braunfels man sentenced for distribution of child pornography
Authorities say agents seize devices, discover more than 30,000 images
Authorities say a New Braunfels man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.
Travis Barr, 32, of New Braunfels was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison and further ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term that also includes registering as a sex offender, officials announced Thursday.
Barr pleaded guilty on June 10 to distribution of child pornography. The sentencing comes after an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Court documents show the investigation began when agents identified an IP address as having images and movies with titles of suggestive child pornography.
On Sept. 21, 2012, authorities said agents executed a federal search warrant at Barr's home on Redbud Lane in New Braunfels. This is where agents said they seized computer-related devices.
Forensic analysis resulted in discovering more than 30,000 images, 1,367 videos and an excess of 2,000 anime images identified as depicting child pornography, officials said.
"This 20-year sentence sends a clear message that there are no places in a civilized society for people like Barr," said Janice Ayala, special agent in charge of HSI San Antonio. "Unfortunately, today's technology in the hands of a predator with access to children has put our children at greater risk than ever before. HSI will continue to work tirelessly to protect our children and bring their abusers to justice."
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