Ex-Florida child welfare spokesman accused of child porn



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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former spokesman for Florida's child welfare agency is accused of having child pornography.

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

The Gainesville Sun reports 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 searched his computer and found multiple folders of child porn, according to authorities.

Spokeswoman Jessica Sims said in an email that Barnes left the agency more than 10 years ago.

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

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