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Man accused of downloading hundreds of child porn images jailed

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jun 04 2014 04:22:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 04 2014 04:39:39 PM CDT
Barry Leroy Schmidt Jr.
GREENVILE, PITT COUNTY -

A man has been charged for allegedly downloading hundreds of child porn images while he lived in Pitt County.

Barry Leroy Schmidt Jr., 29, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to the Greenville Police Department.

In September 2013, the FBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted Greenville Police about suspicious internet activity involving Schmidt, investigators said.

Police said they later learned that while Schmidt was living in Greenville, he used a  former military email address to become a paying member of a Flickr account.

Schmidt allegedly used that account to download child porn images between May 2007 and September 2009, police said. Investigators recovered hundreds of child porn images from the suspect's computer, police added.

Detectives brought the case before the Pitt County District Attorney's Office. In May, a grand jury indicted Schmidt on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Although the crimes happened while Schmidt was living in Greenville, he is currently a resident of Coats in Harnett County, police said. The Harnett County Sheriff's Office arrested him Wednesday afternoon and placed him in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.

Schmidt must have no contact with children upon release, police said.