A man hunted down by the FBI, accused of downloading child pornography images, will have his day in court Friday.
Greenville Police said Barry Schmidt Jr. was arrested in Harnett County after a Pitt County grand jury indicted him on ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to investigators, the FBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found Schmidt used an old military email address to sign up for a Flickr account. Officials said Schmidt used that account to download child porn images.
Court calendars show Schmidt goes before a judge in Pitt County on those charges Friday.
According to the Pitt County Detention Center's online records, for Coats man is being held on a $250,000 bond.
We will let you know what happens in court.
A former member of the military has been indicted on child porn charges in Pitt County.
Greenville police say Barry Schmidt was arrested today in Harnett County after a Pitt County grand jury indicted the man on ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Police say in September they were contacted by the FBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force about suspicious internet activity involving Schmidt.
They discovered that Schmidt had used a former military email address to become a paying member of a Flickr account. Their investigation showed Schmidt used that account to download child porn images between 2007 and 2009.
Police say they found hundreds of child porn images on the man's computer.
Schmidt, who now lives in Harnett County, formerly lived in Greenville, according to police.
Schmidt was jailed on a $250,000 bond, and if released is not to have any contact with children.
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