Former NC councilman sentenced on child porn charge

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Will Barker

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former Kinston city councilman has been sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison on a child pornography charge.

Kinston.com reported that Will Barker was sentenced Thursday after his lawyer made a plea to keep his sentence shorter.

Barker was charged with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in November of 2012 and has been incarcerated since June.

Barker pled guilty to one count of federal charge of receipt of child pornography.

He was also sentenced to supervised probation for the rest of his life and a $10,000 fine.

WITN reported that a search of Barker’s home revealed more than 4,000 pictures and 100 videos of the illegal pornography.

He was reportedly a certified public accountant at the time and working on the town’s finances.

Source: Kinston.com and WITN