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Ex-DCF spokesman accused of child porn

Thomas William Barnes, 67, arrested in Gainesville

Thomas Barnes.
Thomas Barnes.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A former spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families is accused of possessing child pornography.

A Gainesville police arrest report says Thomas William Barnes, 67, was arrested last week. On Monday, he was charged with 10 additional child porn charges.

The Gainesville Sun reported that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report in August that a Yahoo user, later identified as Barnes, sent a graphic photo of a man and a girl.

Police got a search warrant and searched his computer. They said they found multiple folders of child porn hidden in subfolders. One, titled "too much," held at least 55 images, police say.

The report says some pictures were of sexual intercourse with children as young as 6.

Barnes remains in jail on a $900,000 bond. Records don't list a lawyer.