Jason Barber, 39, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today to a total of 60 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Scola Jr in Miami, Florida, for producing child pornography that depicted his abuse of a toddler he was babysitting.
Barber previously pled guilty to all counts in the Indictment.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Rick Maglione, Chief, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and Alexander Perez, Chief, North Las Vegas Police Department, made the announcement.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 25, 2013, the South Florida Internet Crimes against Child Task Force (ICAC), located in Broward County, Florida, received two cyber tips regarding several email accounts suspected of trading dozens of images depicting child pornography.
Upon receiving the tip, The South Florida ICAC began their investigation to determine who was responsible for sending and receiving the email.
After identifying an IP address used to access one of the email accounts, law enforcement obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence of co-defendant Benedict Shaw, a Lauderhill, Florida resident.
Law enforcement confirmed that Shaw was communicating with Barber, a Nevada resident and boyfriend of the victim’s mother. Barber had convinced the two-year old child’s mother to allow him to babysit the toddler while the mother was at work.
Barber had previously met Shaw in an online chatroom for individuals with a diaper fetish. During their month of email communications, Barber requested that Shaw send him a cellphone and diapers.
Shaw sent Barber a package containing the requested cellphone, diapers, and other items to use in the child pornography videos. Barber used the cell phone to record himself sexually abusing the child in his care. Barber then sent the video and several still images to Shaw via email.
Shaw previously pled guilty for his involvement with the production of child pornography and was sentenced in October of 2014 to 45 years’ imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Scola (Case No. 14-CR-60011-Scola).
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, South Florida ICAC, and North Las Vegas Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francis Viamontes and Jodi Anton prosecuted this case.